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May 26, 2023


Yup. Good stuff! Listen up, kids!

Dear David,

I've never found the kind of advice and encouragement you give here all in one place. It's taken me fifteen years to learn these things. Thank you your generosity.

Happy holidays.

Thank you Leslie, and you LO. I've had a veryu gratifying response to this post!

Superb speech, such wise words and spiritual encouragement for new and old poets. Thank you.

Wise & true.

For a horripilating moment there at the onset, I thought your "farewell address" was regarding your own ever-fecund scribal life or even your helming of The Best American Poetry site. Whew. The sage counsel you provide is a keeper for all of us, including those who love poetry and love writing about the best of it. They also serve who only sit and praise credibly. Add my hopefully credible praise of your welcome thoughts here, David.

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