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Old 03-05-2002, 03:16 PM
Richard Wakefield Richard Wakefield is offline
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I'm on a bit of a roll these days. The new Seattle Review has a poem of mine, based on a painting by Winslow Homer. Those who have seen much of my verse will be pleased, I hope, to find that the poem is not a bit Frost-like. Well, hardly a bit. My biggest achievement in this poem I think is getting the Seattle Review to take it in the first place: It's the only even vaguely formal poem in the entire issue, and one of the very few they've published ever, as far as I know. While I try to stay away from the battle lines between formal and free verse, it's pleasant to think the lines are not as deeply drawn as they sometimes seem.
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Old 03-06-2002, 06:28 AM
Michael Juster Michael Juster is offline
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Richard: Congratulations! I'm wondering too if we're beginning to see a broader thaw here--all of a sudden it seems a lot easier for me to place formal poems in traditionally uninterested journals, and some of my friends have said the same thing. Places like APR are still hopeless, but it seems like some of the more mainstream vers libre places are getting tired of the same old stuff. Let's hope, anyway...
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Old 03-06-2002, 08:50 AM
Paul Lake Paul Lake is offline
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Michael's right. The thaw has been taking place for some years now. The strangest thing I've noticed is that it's much harder for me these days to publish my occasional free verse poem than formal poems. Maybe I'm just better at picking where to send the formal ones, but this also seems to hold for magazines like Poetry.

May the trend continue.

And by the way, congratulations, Michael, on the new book.

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