Copies of The Heart Accepts It All: Selected Letters of John Glassco, edited and annotated by yours truly, arrived at our home on Friday – brought, appropriately, by the rural mail. Expect to see it in all of our finest bookstores by early next month.
Featured are 147 letters written by Glassco between 1929 and 1980 to family, friends, foes and fellow writers, including:
Paul J. Gillette
Jean Le Moyne
and a transvestite from Chibougamau named Carmen.
The book also features previously unpublished photographs and verse, including "For A.J.M. Smith", written by Glassco on occasion of his friend's seventieth birthday.
My thanks go out again to Carmine Starnino and Simon Dardick, publisher of Véhicule Press, for their good work in making this book possible.
Scraping the crumbling roadbed of this strife
With rotting fenceposts and old mortgages
(No way of living, but a mode of life),
How sift from death and waste three grains of duty,
O thoughts that start from scratch and end in a dream
Of graveyards minding their own business?
But the heart accepts it all, this honest air
Lapped in green valleys where accidents will happen!
— John Glassco, "The Rural Mail"