get torn to bits

November 18, 2016


Poets on the whole are not much given to shame. Poets on the whole don’t slink. They burn and suffer and get torn to bits – and they drink and grow fat and quarrel and die. They cut themselves to pieces and destroy their relations. They are bitter and mad and sad and heavy of heart. It’s not a soft way…but at least they’re not ashamed.

Jane Gardam
A Long Way from Verona

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