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November 13, 2008


Is this the same Stew Evans who denounced Rebecca Wolf for being too "rich" to edit "Fence" magazine? Just wonderin.

I meant Steve.

1. It's the same Steve Evans who some years ago wrote a piece critical of Fence that included what could be seen as personal snipes.

2. How does that affect the proposition that The Middle Room is a marvelous book?

3. I'm not the right audience for the rehashing of poetic line-in-the-sand drawing. I wasn't the right audience for it the first time around. For some, it's intellectual musclebuilding and that's peachy for them, but all I feel when I see people trying to divide themselves from others, rather than focusing on strengthening what they have in common (like creating beauty and meaning), is sad. Listen, why not put your (not "your" as in you, Victor Montero; universal "your") into being constructive? Why not take the feelings of others into consideration? Isn't it just possible that the history and experience and personality of someone else leads them into valuing a different kind of poetic enterprise than your own? Isn't there an off-chance that you could benefit from opening your mind to other poetic enterprises? Unite, not divide, people!

Thank you for your thoughtful answer. I was not being combative just curious.
It has nothing to do with the value of Moxley's poetry, but you introduced Evans into the discussion, as well as the heroine's mind-states, so it's not irrelevant.
Why can't we all just get along? I agree it is better to unite than to divide. Do you suppose that this is Moxley's position and Evans's as well?

Hi, Victor. I didn't think you were being combative, and I hope you didn't take my little rant personally. As for Moxley's position, I'd have to guess that she doesn't mind a little combativeness; a recent interview in Denver Quarterly elucidates her somewhat ambivalent stance toward business of poetry.

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