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January 13, 2012


While we're on the subject of magnificence, many thanks to Stacey and David for inviting me on board this week! — RPB

Noted - In he middle of the depression, 1935, edna st. vincent millay sold 66,500 copies of her books of poetry in seven months....and had a weekly sunday radio broadcast of poetry with an audience in the tens of thousands...

Thank you Robert for a fantastic week of posts. I hope you will consider a return engagement.

I second Stacey's motion. -- DL

I am here because of Dr. Baird's spree "Labyrinth" that somehow found its way to Poetry magazine (and more importantly for me, the podcast). I find most prose I read stylistically bland compared to the poetry I read. For me style (and form) outweighs story. Language is a playground. I very much agree, "poetry starts to look like the only road where language is allowed to run on all cylinders"

Baird, a fine writer, is quoted at length in the foreword of "The Best American Poetry 2018." It is, as you imply surprising that his work "somehow found its way to Poetry magazine," which Joseph Samuels has characterized as "a monument to contemporary mediocrity."

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

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