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Old 04-16-2012, 12:53 PM
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"Tim, please send me an address where I can send Mr. Frisardi an appreciative note card."

"I think this is a job that has long needed doing. Maybe it needed to be done by a young man."

"I want to thank you for introducing this youngster's translations of the youthful Dante at the Eratosphere."

So measure the coffin, Andrew, it doesn't get any better than that.
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Old 04-16-2012, 06:15 PM
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Big words from the big man -- congrats, Andrew.

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Old 04-16-2012, 06:58 PM
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Hey, Andrew, much-deserved praise from a master.
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Old 04-16-2012, 07:44 PM
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I've been thinking a lot about Richard recently, and awaiting any word. I always hope that when I post a poem here he might be a silent reader. It has made me work harder. Much harder.
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:59 AM
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Dana Gioia, who is a masterful translator of verse, once told me that Wilbur should publish all his verse translations in a single volume entitled Look on my Works, Ye Mighty, and Despair.

On one of Dick's infrequent forays here (he doesn't use computers) I asked him to look at a Clive Watkins major poem and one of Andrew's first attempts at translating the young Dante. He shared my enthusiasm, and he obviously shares my enthusiasm for Andrew's finished text.

Congratulations, Andrew.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:23 AM
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oh my! gasp gasp! wtg, A!
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:04 AM
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Of course Wilbur likes Andrew's work. Andrew's the real deal, fluent speaker, scholar, poet, and Wilbur can tell. The real question here is, when are we going to get your Divine Comedy?

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:34 PM
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Well, “youngster” is pushing it but Richard Wilbur’s response to my book is a real thrill. Thanks for posting it, Tim, and thanks to David, Janice, Seree, and Chris for the thumbs up. Tim, I’m PM’ing you on the address.

As for translating the Divine Comedy, I’ve already translated quite a bit of it, only problem is, it’s all in prose. Now, if only I could make it sound good . . .
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:11 AM
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Andrew, you will get a note card. Dick was born in 1921, so everyone to him is a youngster.
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Old 04-19-2012, 09:40 AM
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Congratulations, Andrew. On being a young man, for one thing, and, of course, gaining such a distinguished fan.
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