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May 27, 2021


An excellent interview. What a remarkable talent she has. And how candid and responsive. "Write what you like!" I love it. And inquiries as injuries; ha! But I sort of balk at the idea that Logan is "fearless." He is too calculating; it's a rhetorical stance.

Excellent read. Her tips for young poets could not, I think, be improved upon.

I agree with Karen Beckworth about Logan--he is far too calculating--I've got all his books, his poetry is fine but his criticism is--well, "off". Ego-centered? I've finally put him aside. A.E. Stallings is one of our greatest poets today. I've been following her for years--her translations, too; everything is superb!

Stallings doesn't say this, but it also helps to be living in a place that evokes great poetry of the past and feeds all five (maybe six) senses! I spent the best years of my life in Greece, learning modern Greek by immersion, the way children do. I will always miss the light, language, music, food, people, connection with myth & history, even in a now-modernized, Europeanized present. My own poems were all the better for having those experiences. Stallings' poems bring that life back to me.

Bill Lawgen und Mary Syer
Wurden letzten Mittwoch Mann und Frau.
Hoch sollen sie leben, hoch, hoch, hoch!
Als sie drin standen vor dem Standesamt,
Wusste er nicht, woher ihr Brautkleid stammt,
Aber sie wusste seinen Namen nicht genau.
Wissen Sie, was Ihre Frau treibt? Nein!
Lassen Sie Ihr Lasterleben sein? Nein!
Hoch sollen sie leben, hoch, hoch, hoch!
Billy Lawgen sagte neulich mir:
Mir genügt ein kleiner Teil von ihr!
Das Schwein.
-- Brecht und Weill, Die Dreigroschenoper

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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
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