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'Byways: A Memoir by James Laughlin'

Study, to keep from losing them,

You hung your glasses, your pens

And your scissors from strings

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Over your desk. You had two

Typewriters because one was

Always being repaired from the

Beating you gave them; your

Letters were often half full of

Capitals for emphasis. You read

My poems and crossed out half the

Words saying I didn't need them.

You advised me not to bother

Writing stories because Flaubert

And Stendhal and James Joyce


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