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December 06, 2008


The Fall is absolutely outstanding, maybe one of the best I've ever read, but where is the poetry love? I expected as much from the Times, but expected a little more from you :).

Very honored indeed to be in such wonderful company. Hope the others feel the same. Thanks much for the mention. Steve

Good call-out on the poetry, Henry. It's funny--I read a bunch of poetry collections last year, and was surprised to realize that I read hardly any this year. It's like I'm on a binge/purge schedule with the poems. It's my loss! What do you think should I pick up in January, to start 2009 right?

Steve, Jane Austen has informed me that she's honored to be in your company too ...

Off the top of my head, I'd say Tom Lux's "God Particles", or Warren Wilson's own Adrian Blevins' "The Brass Girl Brouhaha". Also, if you haven't read Stephen Mitchell's Rilke translations or Anne Carson's "Glass, Irony, and God", those are pretty much required reading.

And to be fair, I don't exactly read a lot of fiction these days.

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