Saturday, January 28, 2012

Excerpt from Howard Daniel, New York City, 16 January 1947

Dear Murray and Rosa:

This is to say thankyou for the letter and the surrealisty picture of Charlie [Olson] complete with hawk or falcon or humming bird or scrub turkey. Incidentally C & Connie were up to see us for a moment on New Year’s Day on their way back from Rhode Island(?) He has a contract and a down payment for another book from Reynals & Hitchcock. This one is about the headon crash of white and red done in incidents starting from when Chris Columbus’ boys got all poxed up in Hispaniola and ending with someone knocking off Injuns about fifty years ago. Included are Cortes and Pizarro. 
"Charlie so sweeps you away with his enthusiasm and the poetry of his great historical movements sweeping here and there with the rush of an emptying toilet bowl that a guy like this Argentine throwing in some cold facts sounds rather vulgar."
Connie and Charles Olson, Virginina, 1945. Rosa Morgan photo
There was an Argentine friend present who knows plenty about South American Indians and he in his Philistine way said he couldn’t see what the clash had to do with Red Indians or as far as that went what was the relation between the natives of the West Indies and the other Indians of the mainland. Charlie so sweeps you away with his enthusiasm and the poetry of his great historical movements sweeping here and there with the rush of an emptying toilet bowl that a guy like this Argentine throwing in some cold facts sounds rather vulgar. It was good to see the two of them. Jesus, I thought we had us an apartment until Charlie walked in and made the place look like a book-lined closet. ...

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