Saturday, January 07, 2006

Egotistic & Misogynistic, blog entry, Jan 5 06

http://fence.blogspot.com/2006/01/dead-poets-society-admits-one-irving.html
J.Kelly
January 5, 2006
Dead Poet's Society admits one Irving Layton

It is sad to be an atheist,
Sadder yet to be one with a limp phallus.

Poet Irving Layton is dead at 93. To be completely honest, which is of course what he'd want, I'm not a huge fan of him or his egotistic, misogynistic poetry. As my grandmother always says, "He was so mean to his wife." (Which one of the five she's talking about, I'm not sure.)

But he did tutor Leonard Cohen -- and for that reason alone he is worthy of our thanks. (Other students of his include Moses Znaimer and Irwin Cotler. Thanks?)

I suppose, to be fair, he's got a few good poems of his own, too. And many more about his dick. ("It amazes me that organs that piss / Can give human beings such perfect bliss.")

If you have an Irving Layton memory you can post it on this tribute blog. One hopes that he didn't outlive all his lovers.

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