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Old 10-04-2002, 01:29 PM
robert mezey robert mezey is offline
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You might be interested in a new anthology I've
edited, POEMS OF THE AMERICAN WEST, an Everyman
book published by Knopf. It includes poems by
two or three poets well known to Eratosphereans
---Tim Murphy and Rhina Espaillat and Sam Gwynn
are the ones that come to mind. The best thing
about the book, in my opinion, is that it introduces
to thousands of new readers a good number of really
fine poets who are much too little known or not known
at all: Dick Barnes, Rhina and Tim and Sam, Olivia
Simpson Ellis, Ted Kooser, Luis Salinas, Richard
Shelton, Peter Everwine, Henri Coulette &c &c, and
older poets like Kees, Josephine Miles, Brewster
Ghiselin, Thomas Hornsby Ferril, Janet Lewis &c &c.
And along with all the literary poems, some folksongs,
some Indian tribal lyrics, some country-and-western
lyrics, etc. A fun book, small, handsome & cheap.
My one regret is that there was too little room in
this pocket-size volume to include several other very
good poets whose work I know (not to mention all those
whom I haven't read).




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Old 10-04-2002, 03:19 PM
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Old 10-04-2002, 03:21 PM
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Excellent!
Where can we buy it?
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Old 10-05-2002, 05:24 AM
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Congratulation Robert and to Tim, Rhina and Sam. Dick Barnes I remember from The Susquehanna Quarterly- Lord, how that publication, and its editor are missed!

Jim
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Old 10-05-2002, 12:51 PM
robert mezey robert mezey is offline
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David, it should be easily found at Borders.
At least our local Borders has sold quite a
few. It ought to be in most bookstores by
now---those that stock the little Everyman
anthologies (as most do).
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Old 10-05-2002, 02:42 PM
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Robert,

Congratulations on the publication of this volume. I'll look forward to reading it.

I see that it's available through Amazon.com. Readers who don't have access to a bookstore where it's carried can find it there.

Jerry
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Old 10-05-2002, 08:33 PM
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I've not commented on this because the ingrate publisher hasn't yet sent me my contributor's copies. Nonetheless, it is a great honor to be chosen by so distinguished an editor to appear with Mallarme, Frost, and the great Sam Gwynn.
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Old 10-08-2002, 03:45 PM
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I think Tim meant Apollinaire, not Mallarme. Tim,
my editor just told me, when I complained about so
many contributors' not having yet recieved copies,
that they are sent to the publishers (to check
copyright info &c) and naturally the *(*^%#&*-
publishers take their damned time, if they send
the copies on at all. I've more than once looked
in an old anthology and seen a poem or two of mine
and realized I'd never been sent a copy. (That
doesn't happen much any more, since I don't seem
to be in the anthologies much nowadays. Their loss,
in my humble opinion.) So write McDowell or whomever,
Tim, and cajole or threaten.

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Old 10-09-2002, 02:49 PM
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Sorry, cher maitre, I can't tell one frog from another. My local Barnes and Noble HAS IT! I'm headin' on down to buy it. And read the Apollinaire. (Appalling Air?) Timmo
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Old 10-14-2002, 11:31 AM
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I've now purchased and read Poems of the American West. Another Spherean, past Lariat Tim Steele, is represented by his poem "A Shore." As is Professor Mezey with translations from Borges and Zbigniew Herbert. It is a thrill for me to have four of my little poems appear alongside traditional classics like the Grateful Dead's "Me and my Uncle," and "The Streets of Laredo." The volume is a gorgeous little hardcover that will slip in your jeans pocket, backpackable from the White Mountains to the Cascades, or anywhere in between. Here at the Sphere we are probably excessively focused on getting the meters right. It was fun for me to read a volume in which the rhythms are so often so rough but ready to please, and I commend it to all our members, East and West. Put this one on your Xmas list.
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