Unreal Nature

June 30, 2017

To Submit

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… For years I’ve been wanting to submit …

The following are letters — or portions of letters — found in Between the Lines: A History of Poetry in Letters, 1962-2002 compiled and edited by Joseph Parisi and Stephen Young (2006). Joseph Parisi was the editor at the time these particular letters were exchanged:

Stephen Dunn to Joseph Parisi ………………………………………………………………. Absecon, N.J., 13 September 1989

One more small change in “Loves.” I was looking over the other poems of mine that you’re going to publish with “Loves” and noticed that in “Landscape at the End of the Century” I refer to ants as “those Calvinists.” On page seven of “Loves” I call ants “those communists.” Now I know that often there’s not much difference between Calvinists and communists, but I thought that I’d better change one of them. …

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John Updike to Joseph Parisi ………………………………………………………………. Beverly Farms, Mass., 16 December 1991

Dear Mr. Parisi:

For years I’ve been wanting to submit to Poetry, but wasn’t sure of the address. Karl Shapiro has given me your name, and I hope this reaches you. A self-addressed envelope is enclosed, with my holiday greetings and best wishes.

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John Updike to Joseph Parisi ………………………………………………………………. Beverly Farms, Mass., 11 January, 1992

Dear Mr. Parisi:

Delighted to hear it. The dream of a lifetime, come true. I have been going over old papers and there, from the late 50s, was a rejection slip from Poetry (amid many others).

[three poems were accepted, and published in the July 1992 issue]

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Charles Wright to Joseph Parisi ………………………………………………………………. Charlottesville, Va., 1 February 1995

Caro Gio —

Right after we talked this afternoon, Holly came home from teaching and I opined to her how guilty I felt about saying no to your kind offer of reviewing Robert’s [Pinsky] Dante book [Inferno], but how inadequate I felt to the task of talking about Dante, much less a translation of same which I had attempted 2 cantos of, and she said — “Don’t be silly. Of course you did the right thing. You can’t write criticism. You don’t know how.” So … that’s the indeterminate X I forgot to mention when we talked — I guess I don’t know how. She’s pretty much got it right, I’m afraid — I’ve never done it, and God knows I’d hate to start with Dott. Alighieri. …

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Albert Goldbarth to Poetry ………………………………………………………………. Wichita, Kans., 1 April 1995

Dear Poetry:

I just finished reading through David Barber’s review [of A.G.’s Across the Layers: Poems Old and New] in your current April issue.

Sheesh. When a guy’s subscription is starting to lapse, you sure know how to turn the screws, don’t you.

Renewal stuffs enclosed.

Gratefully / Albert

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-Julie

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