James Laughlin was born 30 October 1914 and died 12 November 1997.
- Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn’t suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested.
- I think one ages and one dates. I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets.
- I try to write in plain brown blocks of American speech but occasionally set in an ancient word or a strange word just to startle the reader a little bit and to break up the monotony of the plain American cadence.
James Laughlin was an American poet and literary book publisher who founded New Directions Publishing. ‘Laughlin’s distinctive paperback editions—with black-and-white covers—of such authors as Dylan Thomas, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Tennessee Williams, and Herman Hesse proved very popular.’
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