a poet in the next room is a joke

Three quotations from feminist, poeticist, journalist, and (until he turned tail and became a McCarthyite) socialist Max Eastman:

A poet in history is divine, but a poet in the next room is a joke.

Humor is the instinct for taking pain playfully.

The defining function of the artist is to cherish consciousness.

Google has thoughtfully digitized his wonderful 1921 book, Enjoyment of Poetry. It’s definitely worth a perusal.

On his birthday, January 4 (he would have been 125),
I will be reading at the new Zinc Bar with my good friend Rick Snyder.

Sunday, January 4, 7:00 PM

Zinc Bar

82 W. Third Street
Between Thompson and Sullivan
New York, New York

Please note that this is a NEW LOCATION for the Zinc Bar.

Hope to see you there!

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