I don't care whether a book is a first edition or not. I'm not a bibliophile in that word's natural sense.
But I hang on to books. I love them. I even think they're very nice decor in a room - far better than paintings... That's not quite true!
In fact a lot of them I think are absolute baloney. Those Charles Olsens and people like that. At first I was interested in seeing what they were up to, what they were doing, why they were doing it. They never moved me in the way that one is moved by true poetry.
And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it.
Derek Harold Richard Barton