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July 18, 2011


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What a great idea - Guerilla Library Building. And I think you definitely should send them some copies of Copper Nickel! Maybe they don't have any poetry because no one has thought to give them any before.

Wonderful! Mr. York, now we are Alabama Guerillas-in-the-Struggle! Did you ever know about Joseph Brodsky's plan to place back issues of the PARIS REVIEW in various hotel rooms, like Bibles? I always thought it a purely terrific idea!

And I hope, in particular, that you spread a few copies of COPPER NICKEL around with the poems by James Thomas Miller. He's a poet to watch. And the poetry editor of NEW SOUTH as well.

I like this idea! Let's clear our shelves of back issues and duplicate copies, placing them where they can surprise the casual browser - let them break into blossom!

Great idea! Perhaps leave a copy of Copper Nickel #12, which is my favorite issue, of course.

Well, you have touched a chord here, Jake. I would add that we could also leave books of poems on park benches, at bus stops, in airports. Maybe with a little note that says: "Pick me up. You need me. I know I need you. When you have had your way with me, please pass me on to another set of eyes and hands."

Giving new meaning to the concept of being "picked up."

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