April 13, 1997 |
With an opening blast like "April is the cruellest month," it was probably inevitable that someone would link that most modern of poems, T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land," with the day many modern Americans find odiously cruel: April 15, Tax Day. And so poetry boosters in seven big cities will be handing out pocket-size copies of Eliot's poem at post offices Tuesday night as taxpayers scurry to get that all-important pre-midnight postmark. ("Hurry up please its time," Eliot wrote.