Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by Elizabeth Hadaway
Dear Editor,

Joseph Epstein's "Thank You, No" gives an amusing history of laureatehood in the US and UK, but it contains an error of fact. Not only was Ted Hughes asked to write a poem "about the death of Princess Diana," he produced "6 September 1997" before her funeral. I don't know how Epstein would stack the poem up against earlier Hughes (to me, it sounds more like George Herbert) but I would have enjoyed his take on whether Elton John and Bernie Taupin usurped the laureate's job.

Richmond, Virginia

Originally Published: October 30, 2005

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This prose originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of Poetry magazine

November 2004


Elizabeth Hadaway was a Wallace Stegner Fellow and published several poems under the name Leigh Palmer. She is an instructor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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