Letter to the Editor

by Martha Treichler

Dear Editor,

Please tell Vanessa Place that only the gods use “do not” and “no more” [“No More,” March 2013]. Teachers use “do.” We should write the poems that come to us, even if we are old and, like me, have thinning hair. We will be happier for it.

Schopenhauer said only the young should be poets; but didn’t he push his landlady down the stairs?

Originally Published: May 1, 2013

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