The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


Two Good Quotes


1942 April 5: To write poetry now, even on current events, Brecht feels,
means to withdraw into the ivory tower: 'It's as though one were practic-
ing the art of filigree. There is something eccentric, cranky, obtuse
about it. Such poetry is like the castaway's note in the bottle.  The
battle of Smolensk, too, is fought for poetry.' (Klaus Volker, Brecht
Chronicle.)

2003 March 25: To write poetry now, even on current events, Sondheim
feels, means to withdarw into the ivory tower: 'It's as though one were
practicing the art of filigree. There is something eccentric, cranky,
obtuse about it. Such poetry is like the castaway's note in the bottle.
The battle against Bush, too, is fought for poetry.' (Alan Sondheim, IT
Chronicle.)

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