Kathleen Ann Goonan
Blake, for his visionary transcendence and Chaucer, for his lovely Middle English that challenged and delighted my sense of Word and Meaning (much as Herriman/Krazy Kat does), were some of my early loves, but back then, when I was purely a poet, Levertov (for lyricism and politics), Stafford (for his resonance with nature), before-drumbeat-Bly (“leaping poetry”), Dickinson for revelation and surprise at sudden turning-inside-out of what I thought she’d been a-building . . . poets, ancient, modern, and latter-day gave me cadence, compactness, the pure power of Word.
Gary K. Wolfe
These discussions always seem to be several fathoms deep before I get a chance to weigh into them, but I finally got a chance to read the earlier posts, and it does occur to me, for the first time, that when I’m trying to find interesting ways to put words together, even in a review, I do find myself thinking about Emily Dickinson or Gerard Manley Hopkins or sometimes John Ashbery, and when I’m thinking of ways to avoid putting words together in a certain way, I think of Swinburne.
Guy Gavriel Kay
The books of spring are on Locus’ pages,
A mother of a month to share my pain …
We get it, Gary!
Come down and redeem us from virtue? Sounds like WFC to me.
I’m not going to let either one of those guys come down and redeem me.
Guy Gavriel Kay
Don’t get me started, I can do this all day:
When the books of spring are on Locus’ pages,
A mother of a month to share my pain –
Fill the pages and cyber spaces
With encomiums and pearls of praise.
And the Australian editor valiant
Is half-assuaged for Alitalia,
For the daylong flight to foreign faces
And the luggage lost vigil in the USA…
(I sort of apologize for putting Strahan on an Italian airline, this done in a rush and the parody from memory, but I don’t apologize a lot, given the original marrying amorous with Itylus.)
But now I will quietly slip downstairs and have a drink, as in ‘exit, pursued by a bear’….
If you marry amorous with Itylus I think you get amaretto, Guy, not Antilochus.
Delmore Schwartz. Or Egil Skallagrimsson, another unique voice.
Did I just miss a reference to Egil’s Saga? A wonderful book. (Took a class on the Icelandic saga in grad school.)
I love Egil. The poet murderer. Avatar for us all.
Oh, that darn Egil. He was great, but no Miles Davis.