Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Reasonable Compassion

Terry-Lynn Johnson from Thunder Bay, Canada writes:

I will not pretend to be familiar with Irving Layton's poetry, as I have had only brief introduction to him and have not spent much time in study of his lines. The tribute that I am able to give is to spend some quiet time over the next few days appreciating his verse and philosophies.

Poetry, by giving dignity and utterance to our distress, enables us to hope, makes compassion reasonable.

("Foreword," A Red Carpet for the Sun, 1959)

* Posted Jan. 4, 2006 at 8:51 PM EST

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