After reading through the October issue of Poetry, I was moved to write you to commend you for the best issue of the magazine in a long, long time. You have certainly made the critical and commentary section lively and engaging for the last year, and now by devoting much of the October issue to Frank Bidart's continuing masterwork in "The Third Hour of the Night," you have lifted the quality of the poetry that appears in Poetry magazine to new and exciting heights. I am gratified to see how much the aesthetic sensibility there has been enlarged, and I hope that continues as a trend to look forward to. The remarkable changes at Poetry have both broadened and deepened the national discussion of the art and the art itself in this country. Thank you.
Saint Paul, Minnesota