By Robert Dana
Opposed to the Grain is a suite of interviews with 9 small press publishers, each characterised via energy of unravel and a commitment to strong books. each one press displays, maybe extra at once than any huge exchange writer may possibly, the nature of its founder; and every has earned its personal position within the opt for crew of vital small presses in the USA. This assortment is the 1st of its style to discover with the publishers themselves the historic, aesthetic, sensible, and private impulses at the back of literary publishing. The publishers integrated are Harry Duncan (the Cummington Press), Lawrence Ferlinghetti (City Lights), David Godine (David R. Godine), Daniel Halpern (the Ecco Press), Sam Hamill and Tree Swenson (Copper Canyon Press), James Laughlin (New Directions), John Martin (Black Sparrow), and Jonathan Williams (the Jargon Society). Their ardour for books, their trust of their person visions of what publishing is or might be, their encouraged mulishness crackle at the web page.
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When Omar got out of boarding school, he'd be shipped off to his grandmother's for the summer. Ezra was remote in that sense. And yet, in the town of Rapallo, he was deeply loved and respected. And nobody ever came to see him in Rapallo and was turned away summarily. If he proved to be a bore, he would be gently eased out. But anybody could come there, and Ezra would talk to them, try to instruct them. He had this wonderfully forbearing quality about people-and he didn't expect people to be as smart as he was.
DANA: It was just subsidized. LAUGHLIN: It was just subsidized. And even after we became incorporated some fifteen years ago, it was never capitalized. I mean, we have stock, but nobody bought it. DANA: Let's get back to Pound for a moment. LAUGHLIN: Ezra was a lovable person. You know, people think of him as an anti-Semite monster, but he wasn't. DANA: Well, his genius has always seemed rather remote and contradictory. LAUGHLIN: He's a funny case. He neglected his children. He would only see his daughter, Mary, for a few weeks during 16 AGAINST THE GRAIN the summer.
LAUGHLIN: I loved that series. It was a lot of work, because it involved a lot of correspondence with the poets getting them to cut their selection down to thirty-two pages. DANA: Godine is doing something like that today. LAUGHLIN: He's done some beautiful chapbooks. DANA: Right. That series with Scott Momaday and George Starbuck. LAUGHLIN: He's done some fine books. I have great respect for David; he's really a high-standard man. The quality of design and printing in his books is simply superb.