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Editorial note about this letter: The new poem McNair sent to Hall was “A Traveler’s Advisory,” whose title he changed from “The Town of No” at Hall’s suggestion. Later he used the rejected title “The Town of No” for his second collection of poems.
Read A Traveler’s Advisory (published version from The Town of No)
A second version of “A Traveler’s Advisory,” below, appeared in McNair’s dual volume The Town of No & My Brother Running. He changed line 12 from “a closed garage” to “a closed gas station” for clarity.
Read A Traveler’s Advisory (published version from The Town of No & My Brother Running)
See also a selection of McNair’s manuscript notes and drafts of “A Traveler’s Advisory.”
A note from McNair about this letter: Don refers here to a gift I sent him, a sweatshirt bearing the words “N.H. Laureate of Poultry”–the shirt in green and the words in white, which are New Hampshire’s official colors.
A note from McNair about this letter: In his second paragraph, about Diane, Don refers to her work for him as a travel agent in New London.