1396Auden & Ginsberg
- Apr 2, 2007Auden's poetry collapsed into faggy folksy pointlessness. The poems
were charming but why bother? Allen Ginsberg wrote a homage to this
particular vein of verse in Indian Journals and it amused me mightily.
I asked Auden if he liked Ginsberg's homage. Auden seemed excited;
he'd never seen it, and asked me to send it to him.
Months later I told Ginsberg how much I liked that homage. Ginsberg
wondered if Auden had seen it.
"Auden's seen it," I said. "I sent it to him."
Ginsberg looked stricken. "My poem was mean," he said.