Friday, June 24, 2016


H E N R I     M I C H A U X

This situation of not having a very large audience
has something good in it too. I mean that it educates
you in a certain way: not to consider that great audiences
are the most important reward on this earth.
I consider that even if I have three people who read
me. I mean really read me, it is enough. That reminds
me of a conversation I had once upon a time during
the only glimpse I ever had of Henri Michaux. It was
when he had a stop-over in Athens, coming from
Egypt, I think. He came ashore while his ship was in
Piraeus just in order to have a look at the Acropolis.
And he told me on that occasion:" You know, my dear,
a man who has only one reader is not a writer. A man
who has two readers is not a writer either. But a man
who has three readers (and he pronounced "three
readers" as though they were three million), that man
is really a writer.

 — G E O R G E     S E F E R I S

George Seferis, 1920

from Sweet Theft
a poet's commonplace book
J.D. McClatchy
Counterpoint 2016


vazambam (Vassilis Zambaras) said...

One of my favorite quotations from my favorite poet; BTW, this is excerpted from Seferis' excellent interview "The Art of Poetry XIII," Paris Review #50,Fall 1970--it's available online and well worth an entire read.

Bob Arnold / Longhouse said...

The horse's mouth!