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From Eudora Welty’s One Writer’s Beginnings:

“A time could be seized, close to bedtime, when it was possible to slip down the fire escape and, before the doors were all locked against my getting back, walk to an iron fountain on the campus and around it, with poetry running through my head. I’d bought the first book for my shelf from the college bookstore, In April Once, by William Alexander Percy, our chief Mississippi poet. Its first poem was one written from New York City, entitled “Home.”

I have a need of silence and of stars
Too much is said too loudly. I am dazed.
The silken sound of whirled infinity
Is lost in voices shouting to be heard…”

William Alexander Percy was, of course, Walker Percy’s Uncle Will, the gentleman bachelor who took in young Walker (after his father’s suicide and his mother’s death) and gave him a home and a proper introduction to the life of letters and leisure.


  1. Matthew,

    Leaving the lanterns on the levee alone, I’d give any one of my right (or left) appendages to lay hands on Percy Senior’s poetry.

    Any clue?


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