Faber and Faber Publishing Co asked me, as one friend would another, to remove the text of Four Quartets from my site. Naturally, I completely agreed with them on this matter, and I couldn’t believe I hadn’t already thought of it myself. I am and always will be a staunch and steadfast enemy of this kind of blatant disregard for copyright protection. It’s so wrong. I hate it. I hate it. I hate it. I kick at it. It makes me sick that people would ignore eighty year old copyrights so that others could enjoy great poetry.
Living to please Faber and Faber, I took down my site and burned the clothes I was wearing. But then it miraculously reappeared on Geocities, in its entirety. I am cold. It seems someone had copied my HTML and put up a mirror site, which was subsequently removed from Yahoo Geocities for reason No.156. I was told. Then that sank into the swamp...so, I built another one... In the room, the women come and go, talking of Portobello mushrooms.
Does he just look too excited about writing poetry? Do you look this excited when reading it? And check out that ancient typewriter he’s using. Why didn’t he just suck it up and buy a computer? Just think how many more great poems he could have written.
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Saturday January 22, 2011
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How do you say...Starnbergersee?
Hear Eliot read the Wasteland. Not that I don’t enjoy hearing Eliot read his poem, but I think the major reason I keep going back is to hear the voice of the HarperAudio spokesman. You’ll see what I mean.
The Sacred Wood
Read Eliot’s essays on poetry and literary criticism at Bartleby’s web site. These essays are _really_ cool. But let me recommend starting with Tradition and the Individual Talent as the first several listed there are a bit intimidating and have the real potential to destroy brain cells.