Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters

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Joseph Parisi, Stephen Young
W. W. Norton & Company, Oct 17, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 473 pages
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Poignant, hilarious, and brutally frank, Dear Editor reveals the personalities and untold stories behind the creation of modern poetry.

"The history of poetry and Poetry in America are almost interchangeable, certainly inseparable," A. R. Ammons wrote. Dear Editor, in gathering over 600 surprisingly candid letters to and from the editors of Poetry, traces the development of poetry in America: Ezra Pound's opinion of T. S. Eliot ("It is such a comfort to meet a man and not have to tell him to wash his face, wipe his feet") and of Robert Frost ("dull as ditch water...[but] set to be 'literchure' someday"); Edna St. Vincent Millay's pleas for an advance ("I am become very, very thin, and have taken to smoking Virginia tobacco"); Wallace Stevens on himself ("I have a pretty well-developed mean streak"). Here are the inside stories, the rivalries between aspiring authors, the inspirations behind classics, the practicalities (and politicking) of publishing. In fascinating anecdotes and literary gossip, scores of poets offer insights into the creative process and their reactions to historic events.
  

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Dear editor: a history of Poetry in letters: the first fifty years, 1912-1962

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Here is evidence that a book about, of all things, poets' wranglings with their editors can be smart, valuable, and engaging. Parisi and Young have compiled a remarkable group of letters, written ... Read full review

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very interesting. it gave me a much better feel for what was going on in the world of poetry in the early 20th century. what an exciting time it was. reading this made me wish i could write better poetry. Read full review

Contents

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Page 7 - Let us go then, you and I, When the evening is spread out against the sky Like a patient etherized upon a table...
Page 8 - Against the earth's sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, And lifts her leafy arms to pray; A tree that may in summer wear A nest of robins in her hair; Upon whose bosom snow has lain; Who intimately lives with rain. Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.

About the author (2002)

Joseph Parisi, editor in chief of Poetry, has been on the magazine's staff for over twenty-five years.

Stephen Young is senior editor of Poetry.

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