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July 26, 2012

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I'm glad Don doesn't eat *his* friends-- or his reviewers.
Reviews of poets by their friends, particularly when their friends are well-known editors, can be fraught with the dangers of accusations of predetermined kindness. But frankly, I'd much rather read a piece like this, by a poet who places the fact of friendship square on the table, than any number of reviews by a stiletto-wielding critic with a hidden revenge motive. The fact is, despite being a mensch and, yes, a powerful editor, Don's a fine poet. "To the Sister I Never Had" is stunning.

Admittedly, I hadn't read it before because I worried that if I bought a copy of Wishbone, I could be accused of trying to stack the deck when it comes to my annual submission to PoMag. Silly thinking, I realize. I'll buy the book. Just don't tell Don.

PS: Your wife is one of the best writers out there.

Thanks, Leslie--and I agree with you re: both Don and Sabina.

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