Who Speaks to You?

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  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 1, 2010 at 10:17 pm .

    Excellent point, Robert—about whom we decide to read. I'm painfully aware, always, that "decide" derives from the Latin "decaedere," "to cut off." What reading choices am I making that cut off certain other possibilities? More chastening is the question of whether I would recognize certain kinds of excellence if they presented themselves. I like to think so, but

  2. Robert Schwab
    Robert Schwab March 1, 2010 at 8:53 pm .

    Joe, your up-front admissions of how you discover poets who you have not yet read repeatedly assures me that my continued reading of poets I have never known is no mark against my self-education in the art, but merely a measure of the pantheon of great writers who are out there.<br /><br />Thank you for that.<br /><br />As to your point about time spent rereading old masters, I think everyone

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison February 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm .

    Thanks for the generous and rich comment, Lyle. Great information and links. You mention, in your post on the anthology, Red Dragonfly. Somebody ought to profile them. Everywhere I turn lately they seem to appear!<br /><br />My copy of Gordon&#39;s book arrived, by the way. I&#39;m looking forward to it!

  4. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett February 28, 2010 at 6:05 am .

    I first heard Tom McGrath read in the spring of 1971, one of several poets who read in the same program (among them Robert Bly, who organized the reading, and Michael S. Harper). Over the years I had the opportunity to hear McGrath read many more times, and on several cages heard him read sections of <i>Letter to an Imaginary Friend</i> which was, at the time, a work in progress.<br /><br />Tom

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