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A Thought for Today
I'd rather be a poet read than one who postures for posterity.
A poet's agent writes and says his
client would like an interview with me, a conversation he could turn into a book.
Naturally, he says, because his client would be doing nearly all the work, he should have
the lions share of remuneration. And what royalties, if any, such a dialogue would bring..
Further, he informs me, a welfare check is that good poet's sole subsistence. (I assume
from this that he is totally familiar with the press accounts of my bank account. Indeed
they seem to know much more about my earnings than my publishers and bankers let on in
conscience and confidence to me.)
I'm content to be a lamb. I am. Still I can't help wondering who decided, Webster,
Britannica, Roberts Rules of Order, Pulitzer, or some ten percenter unknown now and ever
more to me, why he feels the man who asks the questions has a harder job of it than the
one who's asked to come up with the answers.
- from Folio No. 4, Winter 1974
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