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January 24, 2020


Give us a break, Tim Seibles and Nin Andrews, compared with what Akhmatova, Pasternak, Mandelstam, Tsvetaeva, Ritsos, Neruda, Garcia Lorca and [so I learnt today] Soto Velez had to put up with, your gripes seem to me very, very minor league. And these poets are only but a start of those who have had to truly suffer from despots and worse, sometimes with their lives.

What are you going on about, Alan Wearne? Telling someone from afar that their gripes are very very minor league is a crummy shitty thing to do. And who assumes that the speaker in the poem is sharing unalloyed personal information and emotion. You are seriously talking about a poetic suffering pissing contest? Jesus Henry Christ Junior.

You know what'll be, Peggy? We'll get kicked around. . .

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