Turns and Returns



From 1964 to 1984, George Hitchcock was editor and publisher of Kayak magazine.



“A lot of people say I use a lot of long words.  If I use a lot of long words, it’s because I’m familiar with a lot of long words.  They’re part of my life.  A loving attitude toward words is one thing that a poet must have.  The poet cares for words and one word it distinctive, has a wonderful sound, is absolutely irreplaceable.  It is the mot juste, as Flaubert said, while another is hackneyed, clichéd, overworked.  You have to develop that sensitivity to language.”

—from interview with George Hitchcock
in Durak No. 1