Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by Robert King
Dear Editor,

Good idea to experiment with interviewing poets about specific poems, but a bad idea to make it a regular practice. It sounds like people talking about footnotes. Whenever a poem seems better when we're supplied with inside information, it's proved weaker. A further danger is tempting authors to sound pretentious, which none of the respondents in the March issue entirely avoided and some seemed to enjoy.

Greeley, Colorado

Originally Published: May 16, 2008

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Biography

Robert King was born in Denver and earned an MA from Colorado State University and a PhD from the University of Iowa. He retired from the University of North Dakota as Professor Emeritus in 1995. His poems, short fiction, and essays have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including PoetryThe Missouri Review, South Dakota Review, and Weber Studies.

King's book of prose, Stepping Twice Into the River: Following Dakota . . .

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