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April 10, 2012

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When I was in high school and on the school newspaper, I used to scribble Stephen Crane poems all over my desk blotter. (I was an editor and so had a desk and a blotter.) At that age, I didn't really get him, but his stuff sounded profound and I liked it anyway. I probably still don't really "get" it (sometimes I think "getting" poems is overrated, especially when I don't), but I still like it and I'm glad to know that other kids are still reading his poetry!

I love this story, Laura. I can imagine you, editor and high school power girl.

I love both Cranes, of course. Hart Crane is one of my great favs, and Stephen, meanwhile, is a much newer discovery. I can't get over how surreal his little worlds are. A surprising discovery.

And yes, I don't get him either. I think 'getting it' is overrated in poetry. It seems to me that so much good poetry happens just beyond my (human) comprehension. That is part of what makes it so sublime for me. JF

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