February 6, 2013

Wednesday Wisdom

To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you like everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.


  1. Cummings would know. He took little interest in politics until he visited the Soviet Union in 1931. Then he became an ardent Republican for life. In the fifties he was a passionate supporter of Joe McCarthy

    one day a nigger
    caught in his hand
    a little star no bigger
    than not to understand

    "i'll never let you go
    until you've made me white"
    so she did and now
    stars shine at night.


    a kike is the most dangerous
    machine as yet invented
    by even yankee ingenu
    ity(out of a jew a few
    dead dollars and some twisted laws)
    it comes both prigged and canted

    1. That's unfortunate, but unless he's exhorting me to be a member of the US GOP or to support witch hunts, it's still a little piece of wisdom.

      Other than that, he was just a man, just poet, a few plays (not actually familiar with his plays).

  2. Actually I think that's a healthier reaction to a visit to the Soviet Union in 1931 than many others

  3. So being an anti-Semite is ok so long as you're not a communist?

  4. I'm not sure he is an antisemite. Or a racist.

    This is poetry. Like art in general it can be opaque and foggy. At least Cummings can be. I'm not sure I've ever understood a single poem he has written.

    It's just
    All a pile of

    Anyway it's not something crude, foul and blatant like a Leunig cartoon or something.

  5. Never known of a witch hunt worthy of support.

    Never expect to.

  6. Solomon8:01 PM

    You might find this of interest re cummings.


  7. Sol - I've never believed that Nietzsche was a Nazi-loving jerk, but that doesn't stop people from repeating that accusation either, over and over and over and over again.

    I'm sure E.E.Cummings was a poet.