Friday, March 4, 2011

I'm reading an essay on Hayden Carruth (a great American poet who died in 2008) by Ted Solotaroff and came upon this striking example of artists as les grands nerveux: Solotaroff says "...In Carruth's case as in some notable others--those of Robert Lowell, John Berryman, Delmore Schwartz, Sylvia Plath, Theodore Roethke, Ann Sexton, Randall Jarrell--he cracked up and was institutionalized." That's quite a list! He goes on to say "Much has been written about the seeming contagion of madness among many of the best poets of the post war generation."

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