Letter from Poetry Magazine

Mel Nicols Responds

by Mel Nichols

As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.

As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.

As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.

As a poet, to see this is discouraging.
As a poet, to see this is discouraging.

Solace (in no particular order): Grapefruit (Yoko Ono); Midwinter Day (Bernadette Mayer); Memory (Bernadette Mayer); The Sonnets (Ted Berrigan); Silence (John Cage); The Writings of Marcel Duchamp; Merz (Kurt Schwitters); Seven Dada Manifestos and Lampisteries (Tristan Tzara); the work of Joseph Cornell; “Fantasy (dedicated to the health of Allen Ginsberg)” (Frank O’Hara); “Notes on ‘Camp’” (Susan Sontag); The Society of the Spectacle (Guy Debord); Andy Warhol; Scratch (a film by Doug Pray); Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (Agnès Varda); etc. See also: “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman.

For another example of new poetries represented in Poetry, curious readers may want to take a look at the February 1931 issue—I believe Lorine Niedecker, for instance, found it to be a useful resource.

Originally Published: October 1, 2009

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This prose originally appeared in the October 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

October 2009
 Mel  Nichols

Biography

Mel Nichols’s most recent books are Catalytic Exteriorization Phenomenon (Edge Books, 2009) and Bicycle Day (Slack Buddha, 2008). She teaches at George Mason University.

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