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June 23, 2009


Hey! Byron wasn't a jerk! Says who? I love Byron and would have wanted to sup with him.

He knocked up his half-sister and left broken hearts in his wake wherever he went! Jeesh - the people you hang out with!

If you had Bukowski on your shelf, he and Byron would really raise holy Hell!

Ashbery and Auden certainly would have lots to talk about! See J.A.'s letter to the TLS regarding a recent poetry-land controversy here (scroll down):

Thanks, Don! An amazing letter!

This needs to be expanded into at least a book with excerpts from the poets, And that is NOT you bookcase unless you dusted this one.

Well, while it is fun to imagine the dead poets congregating, you should live among the actual folks I live among here in Palmyra, PA! Half of the women at the local post office are nearing 100 and deaf as stumps and they still gossip - full-stereo, sound-surround - loudly in the PO and at the market. THEY are a hoot. I'd love to see Byron and Shelley and Dickinson at tea with some of them: they'd flee the premises! Probably only Thomas Lynch would embrace their particular dearness and enjoy them. Lord knows, I do.

I'm going to look at my bookshelves tonight. I hadn't thought of this.

Fantastic post, LO. I ave oftne wondered what Henry Green and Graham Greene might say to each other, not to Milton and Millay. One way of dealing with committee wok, I find, is to make a deadpan joke now and then, and when somebody remarked on the oddity of there being two poets named John Ash and John Ashbery, I proposed that we host a group poetry reading featuring Ashbery, Ash, John Berryman, and Wendell Berry. "But John Berryman is dead," said one credulous colleague. This was at a meeting of the NBCC board in 1988 or so.

I second what Stacey said about Byron, who would have served Carver as a good model for how to hold you liquor, deal with hangovers ("hock and soda water"), and write comic masterpieces.

Now wait a minute. Bishop was NOT prissy. A femme, yes, but hardly prissy.

i have to add that i'm on the byron side -- and i don't respond to carver's work at all. too much "friend of bill wilson," of whom byron would have been no friend. i certainly like eliz bishop very much.

Okay,now - a)I like Bishop, too, very much - but I stand by my adjective. Berryman would have lightened her up;and b)I must beg to disagree re:Byron. Brilliant, but unkind. (Byron, that ist, not me.)

Thank you for all your responses! Can you imagine if we all lived on the same block?

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