Letters to Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community
Craig Morgan Teicher
Letters to Poets:
Conversations About Poetics, Politics, and Community
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In the age of e-mail’s immediacy, we have all but lost the sense of what a letter is: half of an extended, extemporaneous conversation that tries to anticipate and respond to its other half, as well as reward rereading over the comparatively long lag time between missives. Jennifer Firestone and Dana Teen Lomax’s Letters to Poets, an anthology of correspondence between fourteen pairs of poets, tries to reclaim the expansiveness and durability of snail mail. Inspired by the centennial of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, the editors sought to create a personal dialogue around the poetics and politics of America at the beginning of a new century, when language and intimate communication have become more suspect than ever.
Firestone and Lomax paired up older poets with younger ones to engage in a yearlong
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