Monday, July 31, 2006

Three Great Things I Read for Free Yesterday With No Links Because I am Feeling Lazy and I Have a Great Movie Rental to Watch

But I hope you Google them:

(YOU) The new issue of New American Writing (24) is out, great poems and no bios as usual, and I was surprised to find Barbara Jane Reyes' "diwata" published in it. If you follow her blog you know that this is the next major project/book. Spectacular poem. I wonder (yes, I think it is true) if she is on another plain, writing ahead of the curve.

(ARE) There is a great new book, which I can't remember the name of (I have a problem like that and don't have the energy to go look it up)---a compilation of letters to and from Poetry editor Joseph Parisi and editors before him. I love books of letters. Three or four that stuck out to me, as I read it for free in the bookstore yesterday (yes, I am hesitant to buy it even though it probably is worth the $35 ticket price) are the 1987 letter from Philip Levine to Parisi, upon Levine's receiving the Ruth Lilly Prize. He was not to reveal the news to anyone (which he didn't) until the ceremony, but he wrote Parisi to thank him. There are many correspondences between Billy Collins and Parisi, including one from Collins after he was rejected, in which he wrote, "I am sorry to hear my cow did not make it past your gate." There is a warm letter from Donald Hall after Parisi takes a few of the late Jane Kenyon's poems. And there is a nice letter from C. Dale Young, in which the poet tells Parisi how long he had been a reader of Poetry and how pleased he was to be published there. This is really a fantastic book---not only of letters and correspondence but also from an editor's view first hand.

(HERE) This is great. Emmy Perez is right on.


C. Dale said...

The book of letters is titled Between the Lines. I am glad you liked my letter. To be honest, when I saw it in the book I felt instantly terrible. It seems so sappy and young, that letter of mine. But reading it, I could immediately remember the day.

Lee Herrick said...

I thought the letter captured some honesty and a theme throughout the book, that it's an honor being published there. Congrats on it.