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September 27, 2008

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Don,
Thank you very much for posting my poem. I've always wanted to be invited to the yearly ball hosted by The Best American Poetry. And even if it's probably now a sure thing I'll never step foot into the actual mansion, at least I can say I had a moment out in its blog shed. As Cavafy said, if with a touch of condescension, to the obscure, despairing poet: just to be on the second step, why, that's a lot!

For the handful who might be interested, the poem is included in my new book, Homage to the Last Avant-Garde (Shearsman Books, UK). Many of the poems therein reference members of the NY School, thus, in part, the book's title, a nod of homage to David Lehman's terrific The Last Avant-Garde (though I sure wish he would have spent more time discussing Barbara Guest--and David Shapiro, too).

Kent

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