A note from McNair about this letter: The Argus is the Argus Champion, Newport, New Hampshire’s weekly newspaper, which ran a front-page story about my NEA fellowship. Denise is the poet Denise Levertov, who was to appear at Colby-Sawyer College… Fran is Fran McCullough, of Harper & Row, to whom Don sent my manuscript of poems in progress… Don’s footnote refers to the poetry reading I am scheduled to give on November 27 at Colby-Sawyer. As this section of the letters ends, we are both in high spirits, buoyed by the prospects our writing has provided us.
A note from McNair about this letter: The slide show and dinner I promise to Don and Jane took place in mid-fall, featuring a Spanish dish Diane cooked, paella, together with her slide photographs of our year in Chile.
A note from McNair about this letter: The letter moves from typescript to longhand because everyone in the house is in bed and I didn’t want to wake them with my noisy electric typewriter…. The two poems I tell Don I’m “stuck” on, namely “Old Trees” and Driving Poem,” I don’t complete until months later, the first on February 23, 1980, the second, re-conceived as “Trees That Pass Us in Our Cars,” on November 12, 1980. The published versions of these poems are available below, together with other poems I mention in this letter.
Read Old Trees (published version)
Read Trees That Pass Us in Our Cars (published version)
Read The Bald Spot (published version)
Read Hearing that My Father Died in a Supermarket (published version)
Read The Thugs of Old Comics (published version)
Read The Poetic License (published version)
Read Rufus Porter by Himself (published version)
Read Thinking About Carnevale’s Wife (published version)
Read Hair on Television (published version)
See a selection of McNair’s manuscript notes and drafts of “Hair on Television.”