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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 7. 1965.

Robb Replies

Robb Replies

Sirs,—In your last issue, in reply to my implication that some of his recent poetry was adolescent in character, Mr. Louis Johnson relegated me to the nursery. From there, a word: Not to perpetuate absurdity, but to qualify a remark that was attributed to me, that Mr. Johnson's letter was "amusingly irrelevant."

"Irrelevant" I certainly said. I might have added "totally uncritical" and "largely incoherent." But "amusingly" I did not say. For my impression was far from one of amusement. Mr. Johnson is a man who wrote some poems of outstanding promise, a long time ago. It can only be called sad that he should now indulge in this particular form of self-destruction.

P. G. Robb