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Author QuotedRaymond E. F. Larsson
Title QuotedBook Like a Bow Curved
Date (Year/Month/Day)1962/03/00
QuotationForgive me for waiting so long to acknowledge the book. As a matter of fact, I remember having some correspondence with Raymond Larsson several years ago and had kept track of him from a distance since then. I knew he was still writing, but I had no idea the poems he had done were so fine. It is a splendid book [Book Like a Bow Curved], and I congratulate you on it. And of course him also. I will have to get in touch with him, and send him something of my own. Larsson has used traditional idioms with perfect integrity, and he is certainly a fine poet, underestimated and probably little known, for all I can tell. It is interesting that his sickness has given him a valid and a fruitful kind of distance, protecting him from movements and delusive fashions. More power to him. This is fine poetry, from a noble person.
Quotation SourceWitness to Freedom: The Letters of Thomas Merton in Times of Crisis.; Selected and edited by William H. Shannon. / New York : Farrar Straus Giroux. 1994, p. 38
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