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January 14, 2011

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YES. Your "beautiful conversations about artistic craft" line totally nails it. It applies to ANY creative work, and there's something about hearing other people's struggles with it that's so gratifying.

Frederick Seidel is simply the finest poet.

Great column, Amy.

i really enjoyed that poem in the NYer and i'm glad you brought it up. just when you think you get where seidel is going, he goes somewhere entirely else/weird in the next line.

also i enjoy his lack of neediness.

I'm with all of y'all. I'm more than a little behind on NYers and life in general, but I love Seidel, reviewed him for ANTIOCH last year, and if I can just get beyond about fifty different hurdles in my path, I'm going to post the review on my FB "Notes" page.

AND--since I'm getting to broadcast to the rest of the world that hasn't heard already about this Voodoo Episcopalian's strange and superstitious overlapping systems of beliefs, David St. John, now one of ANTIOCH's advisory/contributing editors, who had a beautiful sequence of translations in a recent issue, also has a gorgeous poem in a recent NYer, was one of the first people to publish me, then honored me again by breaking his no-publishing-poets-more-than-once and included three of the earliest poems in what became CITIES OF FLESH AND THE DEAD, including that from which the book takes its title, and then again by selecting me for a PUSHCART PRIZE ANTHOLOGY which he edited, but most of all, he has honored me by becoming among the five or so poets I feel I write for. He IS one of the angels that has come toward me, to steal the title of his marvelous book of essays and interviews--and you can look at my FB wall to see the truth of this statement (also of what I say about myself and coincidences and superstitions).

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