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|August 30, 1984
How sloppy of me to write “passed” instead of “perished” in the
line I quoted from “Felix”!
Anyway – to set your mind at rest – I do not find “Felix” in any
way confusing except maybe for that section where he is recalled as
“water logged,” for the reasons I said that section might be confusing.
Perhaps I am at fault and not you. However that may be, the plot
is clear to me, and was before your explanation.
I still would like a different presentation of the narrator in
the poem, as I mentioned in the letter before last. Nonetheless, I
think the material you are working with there is rich – enough so
that I wouldn’t mind working on it myself!
P.S. The Ragpicker is a good poem, Wendell Berry be damned!