Carol: "Hey, weird little thing, I like the way you destroy stuff. Good technique."
Max: "Uh... thanks."
Bull: "Hey! What are you doing?"
Max: "I...I... I'm just helping."
Bull: "By smashing our houses?"
Max: "These are your houses?"
Bull: "Look, we worked very hard on these. Then you, sir, showed up and started 'helping'..."
- from the screenplay of Where The Wild Things Are, 2009'Something Beautiful' for being too reminiscent of 'Warming her Pearls', a poem by Carol Ann Duffy. The other poets disagreed vehemently; and since I hadn't even read that particular poem, all I felt was chuffed to have brought the Poet Laureate to her mind!! One of the poets at the workshop, Jane Clarke, is an Irish poetess making wonderful ripples in the poetry world. I am very much looking forward to her debut collection.
The looters did not loot the bookstores. They left alone the stories, the wealth of creativity and the imagination, the poetry, the plays, the life of the mind.