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October 29, 2013

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Thank you for this post -- and for conjuring up the noble image of Delmore Schwartz, the handsome wunderkind (and, alas, burned-out paranoiac) whose poems have beguiled me for many years. I always loved the phrase "the scrimmage of appetite" in the last line of "The Heavy Bear." Do you think Delmore is read much by the new generation, poets in their late 20s and 30s?

And thank you for "Michele Sands."

Thank you for your comments DL. I don't think Delmore is KNOWN to poets in their 20's and 30's. I asked a bunch of poet friends if they had heard of him- none of them had. I didn't know about him myself until I went to a reading at Labyrinth Theater. David Bar-Katz is writing a play about him. Now that I found him, I can't stop reading!

I particularly love his stories, such as "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities" and "The World is a Wedding."

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