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July 17, 2011


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Wonderful post. I enjoy this trip down memory lane. BAP 1990 is a favorite volume of mine too. The guest editor was Jorie Graham and she was new to me as well. I would love to know more about your time studying with Ammons. I'm in Ithaca now and always think of him when I'm here. Welcome to the blog.

Nice to take your poet's journey with you...thanks for all the threads to follow.

Thanks for the memory, Jake. I hope Jorie gets to see this post. I know she'll remember the joy we both felt at reading Strand's poem. It is inspiring how Mark can project himself into exalted characters of myth -- and it turns out that Orpheus behaves a lot like Strand. I'd love to read your recollections of any or every volume in the series, because I remember the process in each case with much fondness because of the poetry and because of the pleasure of the dialogue with the year's guest editor. -- DL

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