William Empson

One book per week, Week 17: Collected Poems, William Empson.

I went to the library and checked out several books by William Empson after my phone conversation with Erik Heywood of The Book Shop. Erik is curating a piece for Issue No. 1 of Eavves Biannual. I mentioned to him that I was writing a book in St. Helena and he suggested I read Empson. Empson would write numerous drafts of his books and essays and then retrofit them with careless ease after. “The careless ease always goes in last.”

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