It is said that Louis Zukofsky burned his juvenilia.
He refused to publish poems that he wrote during his years at Columbia.
Would they have been a distraction, or would they have provided context
for his achievements later?
On the other hand, the rush to publish by Martin Fleischmann
and Stanley Pons in 1989 wasted the time and efforts of many people.
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