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December 17, 2012

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Dear Tomas,

What a way to start your week! You head right for one of our jugular issues-- self v. persona. It's a measure of your devotion to craft that readers come away a mite confused about just who was speaking. If I'm reading correctly, being able to put on that half-bear head
and move around the page while wearing it was an epiphany for you. Me too.

This is one of my favorite things to talk about with undergraduates having their first exposure to poetry. Some make the leap easily in terms of distinguishing between poet and speaker. Others never do. But it's a great joy to watch the spark alight.

I love the ability to create a mosaic of self, fiction, and fantasy. You have your rat-faced friends. That might just be my ex-husband peeking through the rocks in your accompanying photo.

Thanks Tomas. I'm looking forward to reading more.

Leslie

I think poetry has given up that territory to fiction for far too long. I love seeing the look on the faces of undergraduates when I share with them the simple truth that they can make things up. What a revelation it is for them!

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