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"I assume that all readers of THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKS know something about the activities of the Catholic Worker movement, even if they have never read its newspaper or visited one of its hostels or communal farms. So, since the philosophical outlook that inspired it was Peter Maurin's Christian 'Personalism,' most of what I have to say will be 'personal' in a lay sense. Let me begin by saying that I am eternally grateful to DorothyDay for conveying to me the nicest poetical compliment I have ever received She had been in iail in the old Women's Prison at Eighth Street and Sixth Avenie (NYC) for protesting against air-raid warnings. There the prisoners got a shower once a week. It so happened that a poem of mine had recently appeared in THE NEW YORKER, of which the last line ran: 'Thousnds have lived without love, not one without water.'  One of Dorothy Day's co-in-mates was a whore who went off to her weekly shower quoting it. 'My God,' I thought, 'I haven't written in vain.'"------W.H. Auden, NYRB, Dec. 14, 1972.

"I Haven't Written In Vain"---W.H.Auden - Catholic Worker odds & ends

Thank you to personalist

(Nor have you or i.)

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e_d_young
Sep. 29th, 2015 12:36 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see you posting again. Your journal went quiet for nearly a week and I didn't know what to think. Hopefully everything is okay on your end.
bobby1933
Sep. 29th, 2015 03:18 am (UTC)
Thanks. My computer was "down."
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