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September 29, 2009

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A great time was had by all. I loved meeting John Ashbery et. al! Thanks David for a fab bash.

There were even a few notably unknown poets who were very honored to be in a room with such luminaries!! -Cindy Sostchen-Hochman

Molly-- you were there?? I woulda loved to hang with you!!!! Ack!

JAE, I had to leave early to catch a train and you were surrounded! Next time. Molly

Molly, yeah, but she was surrounded by me--and I wanted to meet you, too!

I can't believe I lost the nerve to say hello to Ashbery and Collins. Like, what was I thinking!? I fretted about it all the way back to Seattle. But I did get to genuflect at Doty and Peacock, and it was so the best surprise meeting David L. and immediately feeling his warm, generous, positive, humorous, sweet, avuncular vibe. Cummins' "Freud" (a sestina) rocked the house, as did Bibbins' lovely tribute to these United States. Teicher's "Ultimately Justice Directs Them" stands as one of the all-time best anti-war poems. What a treat to hear him read it. Richard Howard didn't recall the phone call heard 'round the world he made to me in 1996, but he read his poem beautifully, complete with a swinging live chicken. Listening to Tina Kelley, I could almost believe in God, the Holy Spirit, Gabrielle, Mary Magdalen, the whole lot. Thanks to the hosts, John Roode Catering, and grand mixologist Matthew Yeager.

I was sorry to have to miss this reading, but am in touch with David L. about possible future events for BAP 2009.

Martha S.! I read your poem for a Whidbey residency presentation that I gave in David W's stead last January--I love (hate!! :) it.

At David L's suggestion that such events be organized, we need to organize a Seattle-area reading for Northwest-based contributors to BAP 2009--perhaps at Hugo House or (better) Jack Straw or the Seattle Public Library. I am teaching in North Carolina this year, but I will be back in early December for nearly a month. Please email me--if you don't have my email, send a message to David L. and he can forward it. I will also ask him for yours.

Congratulations, all, on this phenomenal event.

Great to see a collection of blog posts by the greatest minds of my generation starving hysterical naked and all for what? For a few drachmas of Greek debt. And that includes thoughtful and perceptive commentary. Keep up the great work!!!

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