Thursday, 18 August 2016

THINK ABOUT IT #16: Louise Bogan

What we suffer, what we endure, what we muff, what we kill, what we miss, what we are guilty of, is done by us, as individuals, in private. –– I wanted to kill a few interns this morning, and I shall want to kill some nurses tonight, and I know that it is a lousy system that keeps the poor, indigent old from dying as they should…To hell with the crowd.  To hell with the meetings, and the public speeches.  Life and death occur, as they must, but they are all bound up with love and hatred, in the individual bosom, and it is a sin and a shame to try to organize or dictate them.

Letter to Rolfe Humphries [23 December 1936]

Click HERE to read a short post about What The Woman Lived: The Selected Letters of Louise Bogan 1920-1970 (1973) on the excellent 'forgotten literature' website Neglected Books.  LOUISE BOGAN (1897-1970) was an American poet whose work was admired by, among others, WH AUDEN.  She also served as Poetry Critic for The New York Times from 1921 until her retirement in 1969.

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