Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by Joshua Weiner
Dear Editor,

Phyllis Rose loves Richard Wilbur’s poetry, she knows why she loves it, and she conveys that enthusiasm and knowledge with admirable directness [“Citizen Poet,” September 2005]. In her appreciation, however, she asserts that, unlike other poets who “force us to observe their ambition” or “attend to their careers,” Wilbur merely devotes himself to gift-giving. But any poet who publishes three editions of collected poems is appealing to readers to attend to his career—that’s precisely what collected editions do. There’s no shame in it for a poet such as Wilbur, who has never mistaken his career for his work, but even Allen Ginsberg only published one edition of collected poems.

Washington, DC

Originally Published: December 31, 2005

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Joshua Weiner is the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of Thom Gunn (2009), as well as the the author of two books of poems, The World’s Room (2001) and From the Book of Giants (2006). Weiner is the recent recipient of the Rome Prize in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and a Whiting Writers’ Award. He has published poems and prose in Best American Poetry, the Nation, the American . . .

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