The satirical Magazine Private Eye has lost a financial donor after they chose to lampoon his poetry. By placing lines from his poem Black Jacket ("Tears are not tears/ they're balls/of laughter/dipped in salt") in their Pseud's Corner, they have labeled Sir Paul as a pretentious intellectual. Furiously, he retaliated by stating that he is cutting off funds immediately:
"My God, bastards. Private Eye isn't supposed to turn on me. I'm their friend. That's the last donation I give them ... (it's) the last place I expected to be. I'll defend the poem over anything."
Sir Paul admitted that his reaction may be a bit "over sensitive" and that it may have been "safer and wiser" not to publish his poems at all:
"Critics will be sniffy whatever I do - I can almost hear them sharpening their pencils."
(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)
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