William Carlos Williams Quote

Poets are being pursued by the philosophers today, out of the poverty of philosophy. God damn it, you might think a man had no business to be writing, to be a poet unless some philosophic stinker gave him permission.


Letter to James Laughlin (14 January 1944), published in The Selected Letters of William Carlos Williams (1957) edited by John C. Thirlwall, p. 219

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Poets are being pursued by the philosophers today, out of the poverty of philosophy. God damn it, you might think a man had no business to be...

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Poets are being pursued by the philosophers today, out of the poverty of philosophy. God damn it, you might think a man had no business to be...

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Poets are being pursued by the philosophers today, out of the poverty of philosophy. God damn it, you might think a man had no business to be...

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Poets are being pursued by the philosophers today, out of the poverty of philosophy. God damn it, you might think a man had no business to be...