|23 October 1981
North Sutton, NH
I like the book very much, and the order seems to me
sensible… Yet I may have notions about how to improve it.
I want to sit on it some more, dream on it some more. And
also, I would appreciate it if you would send me copies of
any of the near-misses. It seems to me that I remember a
few poems, recent ones, not the old “sexist” ones, that you
have left out. I am wondering if I can see a place for them,
and argue with you. But maybe I would not want to.
Why do you have so few lines on a page? Does one of the
contests demand that you only have so many lines on a page?
It has the curious affect of seeming to thin a rather solid
and bulky manuscript. Maybe that number of lines suggests
I am going to wait, for further conversation, until I
hear from you.
Did I tell you in my last letter – I cannot remember whether
I wrote you a note a week ago or not…maybe I did…maybe this
week… – that Jane’s father died last Friday? We are relieved,
and it is wonderful to be back here together, and staying here.
We look forward to seeing you again, inspecting your
We had a wonderful time with Geoffrey Hill and Aileen.
And yes, it was invigorating, because nobody in the world is
so serious, and – when it comes to composition and publication –
Love to you as ever,