One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature
shall not be broken. ~ Leo Tolstoy
"When the writer knows pretty well that only very few volumes of his edition will be bought... he obtains a great freedom in his creative work. The writer who has in view the certainty, or at least the possibility of selling all his edition, is sometimes influenced by their future sale... almost without meaning to, almost without realizing -- there will be moments when, knowing how the public thinks and what it likes and what it will buy, he will make some little sacrifices -- he will phrase this bit differently, and leave that out."I found the above quote via the poet Nathalie Handal, who linked an article by Christopher Merrill, Director, International Writing Program, University of Iowa. The article titled The Invisible Procession appeared in the Huffington Post and addresses of the use of poetry when the world shifts underfoot. Merrill seems to be asking, are these times not picture perfect for the genuineness of poetry?