Posts Tagged ‘Ernest Hemingway’

The First Priority

Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in Art, Commonplace Book

…the writer must be intelligent and disinterested and above all he must survive.



…  I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write…  You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop …  When you stop you are as empty as when you have made love... Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again…  —Paris Review

Ezra Pound Great Modernist Poet Wanted

–Must write the most ambitious, technically accomplished long poem of twentieth century.
–Must edit The Waste Land into masterpiece.
–Must pick Joyce, Eliot, Hemingway, H. D. and Williams as winners when everyone else thinks they’re losers.


— Must not publicly support MussoliniItalian Fascism, or other dreadful politics
— Must especially not broadcast over the radio for the enemy during wartime
— O do not, do not, get yourself charged with treason
— And finally, please, please, do not get yourself declared insane and spend twelve years in an asylum
— Etc.