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May 31, 2013


Thanks, Daniel. I think all that Robert and I ever hoped for was this kind of thoughtful response and retrospective assessment. Of course, when we were The Reaper, we had no time to imagine the retrospective. But it is illuminating to encounter one like this almost 30 years later. By the way, I count myself a Wallace Stevens convert for some years now. I'll bet Robert is, too.

Mark, thank you for taking the time to read this. I appreciate it very much. What you and Robert did was bold, and I always admire boldness. If I ever write something that is still being talked about 30 years later, I'll be very satisfied indeed.

Kudos on this thoughtful, provocative piece. When it comes to issues that vex -- poems about poetry, poets dismissive of prosody and formal principles, the value of narrative, whether to shun fashion or embrace it, the cult of translation, the cult of the self -- it seems that everything old is new again and the more things stay the same. (There's a reason those lines became cliches.) It's a pleasure to see a tribute to a magazine with a mission and the two editors who saw it through -- and what better tribute could there be than an essay that takes the magazine seriously enough to quarrel with it all these years later? -- DL

Thank you, Daniel, for this insightful look back. That we encouraged you, or anyone, to live and write poetry is the greatest unexpected compliment I can imagine. Mark and I hoped to enliven the discourse, ruffle feathers and figure out what we were thinking about poetry in that long ago time. Thanks for rekindling some sweet memories.

Thank you, Daniel, for this insightful retrospective. That we encouraged you or anyone to live and write poetry is an unexpected, terrific compliment. Mark and I intended to enliven the discourse, ruffle feathers and figure out what we were thinking about poetry in that long ago time. Thanks for sparking some sweet memories.

Thank you, David, for providing this forum. Hope all is well with you!

As a poet always fiddling with craft versus impulse, I'd love to read a thorough response to each point from Robert and Mark. Keep the dialog going...One point I would like to make is that there is a huge difference between the poet's intention and the reader's assumption, and yet the poet, in my opinion, should never write for the phantom reader.

Thank you, David. It was really rewarding to revisit these essays, and I'm grateful for the forum that provided me the opportunity.

Robert, you certainly did that for me. It was very rewarding to revisit my graduate student days and reengage with this material. Doing so helped me realize just how influential it really was. Warmest, DW.

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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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