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May 07, 2010

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Dear Sandra: Thanks for your posts this week--they've been both disquisitive and enjoyable. And who doesn't like sestinas? I first started paying attention to them after reading Ashbery's "Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape" in 1973. The element of play has always been, for me, one of the principal pleasures that writing poetry provides, and we get a lot of that playful spirit in Ashbery & Alexie (and many others, of course). McSweeney's, as you know, used to publish a lot of sestinas online; they've stopped, unfortunately, but the poems are still there, up in the cloud, at www.mcsweeneys.net/links/sestinas.
yrs, T

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