Hart Crane was a poet, one who was known by and friends with other notable poets
. The poet e. e. cummings claimed that "Crane’s mind was no bigger than a pin, but it didn’t matter; he was a born poet
" (Google books preview). Tennessee Williams said he could "hardly understand a single line" but insisted he wanted to be buried at sea at the "point most nearly determined as the point at which Hart Crane gave himself back." Crane had his critics — Marianne Moore and Ezra Pound come to mind, and William Carlos Williams wrote "There is good there but it’s not for me"
— but Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg
used to read "The Bridge" together, John Berryman wrote one of his famous elegies on Crane
and heavyweight Robert Lowell included his “Words for Hart Crane”
in "Life Studies." Science/Fiction author, James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon)
also wrote that "nobody seems to have noticed that Hart Crane really was the first space poet
," quoting lines from his epic The Bridge
in the story Mother in the Sky with Diamonds
. Those are all words by other people, why not read a few from Crane? [more inside]
In case of Soviet attack, head to the Brooklyn Bridge
Troubled Bridge over Water
You s'pose this is the real reason we're currently on orange?