I applaud Jon Stallworthy’s assessment of Grey Gowrie [“A Change of Heart,” February 2009]. Gowrie’s work deserves to be better known, especially its masterful centerpiece, The Domino Hymn, Poems from Harefield. The wit and utter seriousness of this sequence ring a refreshing change on our lyric tradition, and a turn on that reflexive mode, elegy. It may prove as well a lasting enlargement of the genre of the occasional poem.
North Bennington, Vermont