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November 22, 2009


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hi Martha:

So David Wagoner was pivotal in helping you write great poems ... but who taught you how to imitate an espresso machine? - Cindy S. Hochman

Hi Cindy,

Well, I live in Seattle and spend a lot of time holed up in coffee shops. Nuff said?

This part was clearly said by DW but is attributed to MS:

"MS: I’m still teaching now and then at the University of Washington, as well as at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and with the low-residency MFA program of the Whidbey Island Writer’s Workshop. As for writing the best poems one is capable of: Theodore Roethke, on my first day in his workshop, looked at the clueless twelve of us and said, “Your assignment this term is to read the bulk of poetry written in English.” That was a good start."

I know it was Wagoner because I remember him telling our undergraduate class that in Fall 2002. Just saying.

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