“This is powerful but not comfortable reading, in the prose of a poet and the vision of a healer. I wish... all doctors could read it. He was a good man and a good poet, for both of which we, with Dr. Coles, 'as many in New Jersey had occasion to say during the first half of this century, say and say again: Thank you, Dr. Williams.'”
New Directions was founded in 1936, when James Laughlin (1914 - 1997), then a twenty-two-year-old Harvard sophomore, issued the first of the New Directions anthologies. "I asked Ezra Pound for 'career advice,'" James Laughlin recalled. "He had been seeing my poems for months and had ruled them hopeless. He urged me to finish Harvard and then do 'something' useful."