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Arachne. No. 2

[Letter from E.S.]

In our opinion the only purpose of poetry is to delight and, in some cases, instruct the reader. There seems to be no point in publishing a poem that has failed, merely to allow readers and writers to discover how and why. Mr Glover himself would probably not agree that he published Christopher Columbus for the reasons advanced by Mr Summers.

'... we are presented with an editorial. . .' There was no editorial in Arachne 1. There was an introductory story which had no meaning beyond what is visible on the face of it. It comes as near to explaining why the title was chosen as anything could; the choice of a title is an unreasoned, mysterious affair, in which a number of people continue to shout words and more words at each other until one suddenly satisfies everybody's mood. It states, if anything, a collective emotional condition; it is perfume rather than a symbol.

Here and Now. This review was written before there was a journal Arachne. The contribution most highly praised was by Mr Blake, who has not contributed to Arachne, although he would be welcomed. Other people whose work the editors like have already had work published in both magazines.