1) Eliot

When I was a kid I really liked T. S. Eliot.

Partially this was because my mother really liked T. S. Eliot, and partially this was because my mother reviewed plays for a living and I’d seen “Cats” about 20 times by the time I was 15 and got really into the Eliot book “Cats” is based on, “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.”

You already know I was hugely unpopular in high school, but I just keep piling on the reasons, as you can see.

Anyway, then in my senior year of high school I got crazy into Woolf, and Woolf was all palsy with Eliot, and so I liked Eliot more, and I’ve never stopped liking Eliot. (Except these days, when I no longer read books at all and think maybe I have no right to like any writers at all, since I’m apparently no longer a serious reader.)

When I moved to college I sent out little postcards to the 10 or so people I could stand in the world, letting them know my new address.

On the front I printed this, from “Four Quartets”:

We must be still and still moving
Into another intensity
For a further union, a deeper communion
Through the dark cold and the empty desolation,
The wave cry, the wind cry, the vast waters
Of the petrel and the porpoise. In my end is my beginning.

3 Responses to “1) Eliot”

  1. Dawn (Vegan Fazool)

    Of course you are an Eliot fan, yes! I read poetry every single day. My favorite poet is Denise Levertov (young, British feminist of the William Carlos Williams Robert Lowell et al cohort). I highly recommend you check her out if you haven’t already She’s not in my library, I had to buy her books online. Most people who “like” poetry don’t know her, it makes me mad! You should my dear feminist friend, you should and it would give me one more person in the world to love her.

    • lagusta

      Oh yeah! I read her in college!

      Wow, reading poetry every day. How awesome is that.

      • Dawn (Vegan Fazool)

        FUCKING AWESOME :-) Love that you know DL. I adore her. And you! Also awesome are the Letters of Denise Levertov & William Carlos Williams. Sometimes it’s on amazon for like $8 (the “bargain” copy). I love reading letters and those are, well, incredible (I have some parallels in my life to DL’s, so very meaningful for me). Also Lowell has a huge book with a shit ton of letters, some from/to DL, but he’s kinda crazy.


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