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I think that concrete poetry seems to have, as far as I can see, come to a kind of a dead end. It doesn't seem to be going any further than it went in its high period of about five or six years ago. James Laughlin#Poetry 65
James Laughlin#Poetry 65
I think one ages and one dates. I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets. James Laughlin#Ages 61
James Laughlin#Ages 61
I do read everything that we publish. We usually have to have two or three votes for a book before we take it on. So in that sense I suppose it is an orchestra. James Laughlin#Book 57
James Laughlin#Book 57
Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things, but to me they're more visual than oral, and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book. I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going. James Laughlin#Poetry 56
James Laughlin#Poetry 56
I think there's no excuse for the American poetry reader not knowing a good deal about what is going on in the rest of the world. James Laughlin#Poetry 55
James Laughlin#Poetry 55
We do very little re-writing in the office. We often take on people who show great promise and who we hope will develop into somebody important and someone good. James Laughlin#Develop 53
James Laughlin#Develop 53
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#American 53
James Laughlin#American 53
I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian. James Laughlin#Poetry 44
James Laughlin#Poetry 44
The German experience, as you can see, did move me very much. Seeing that terrible destruction and seeing the miserable state of the people, how they had been beaten down by the war through no fault of their own probably. James Laughlin#Beaten 22
James Laughlin#Beaten 22
We don't attempt to have any theme for a number of the anthology, or to have any particular sequence. We just put in things that we like, and then we try to alternate the prose and the poetry. James Laughlin#Poetry 19
James Laughlin#Poetry 19
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