Thursday, August 06, 2009

from the mailbag

RHE you know nobody reads this don't you? I read it enough to know that nobody reads it, so I guess I wasn't right when I said nobody reads it. Maybe I should of said something like Almost nobody reads this blog and nobody but you cares about it. Don't you have anything better to do?

Dear Sir or Madam:


Your poems all sound a lot alike to me, same voice every time. Maybe it's time for some variety.

I can't say you're wrong, but the explanation--which is that I wrote them all--suggests how little I can do about it. I have the same reaction when I read through a collected Hardy or Yeats or Frost or Housman. Superior voices, maybe, but they give one the same feeling of surfeit. The answer probably is something like, Lyric poems by the same poet shouldn't be read in bulk. A few poems at a time, from a volume dipped into at random, may be a better way to go.

You are an energizer bunny. Don't you ever get discouraged?

Thank you. Yes.

Are the bagels any good in Denver?

Not as good as they are elsewhere. The locals blame the altitude. I think it's global warming. Or maybe the Illuminati. To be fair, the rellenos can be very good indeed.



Nev said...

I like "should of". But it take second place to my top favorite: "sort've", a construction favored by one Wendy V. I would have commented on "sort've" years ago but for the fact that I am not enrolled at the Sphere. And no one else has ever thought to object. Guess it doesn't strip the enamel from everyone's teeth the way it does mine.

Jeff Roberts said...

I wish to stand up and be counted as a reader, but my knees hurt these days. Here is my proxy. JR