Hope Sings Eternal

Posted on by Tom Fleming

‘It is difficult/to get the news from poems/yet men die miserably every day/for lack/of what is found there,’ wrote William Carlos Williams. Debates about poetry have a habit of standing in for larger discussions about culture as a public good or private indulgence, and artists as virtuous citizens or irresponsible loners. Like a washing machine […]

Writing Night & Day

Posted on by Tom Fleming

In 1937 a horse fell onto Cole Porter’s legs. The left leg was fractured, the right ‘mashed to such a pulp’ that the nerves were permanently damaged. The blistered skin, Porter wrote to a friend, ‘looked like a flowing mass of lava and it sorta made me sick’. Eleven years later, it took only an […]

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