Tuesday, February 28, 2006

from the Letters of Hart Crane

November 26, 1921

"One must be drenched in words, literally soaked with them to have the right ones form themselves into the proper pattern at the right moment. When they come . . . they come as things in themselves; it is a matter of felicitous juggling!; and no amount of will or emotion can help the thing a bit."

June 18, 1922

"I am attempting to evolve a conscious pseudo-symphonic construction toward an abstract beauty that has not been done before in English--at least directly."

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