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October 25, 2009


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First, let me say that I LOVE the Handy/Armstrong album. It's genius and I'm grateful to you for mentioning it here.
As for e-books: this is such an important discussion. A colleague who has a long commute reports that thanks to her Kindle, she's reading more novels that she has in years. I can only see this as a positive. I've wondered how such a device would handle poetry, especially poetry with idiosyncratic spacing and line breaks. But of course there's the larger (and to me scarier) question of will happen to books.

Yes to poetry books as talismans, as reassuring companions, as chapbooks that might reach wider readership in digital form. Yes on all counts. Bring on technology! More people reading poems is always a good idea.

I was a bit hesitant at first at the thought of e-books, especially with poetry because I like to have my book signed by the authors but as I got with a publisher and saw the quality they were going to put together for e-versions of my chapbook and full length book I was just thrilled and I can't wait to see them out there :)

Terrific post!

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"After You've Gone"
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of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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