Hall to McNair: September 17, 1980


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17 September 1980

Wes McNair
Box 43
North Sutton, NH 03260

Dear Wes,

Joey will be sending it out, and asked me to remind you
to put your name on the poems, upper righthand corner, or
a few spaces after the end of them – in typing, when you
type them up in the future.

I do think that “thin” is better than “faint,” though
also rather familiar, in the context.

I’m not sure which five poems! I do like a great great
many of them, and I like a great great many of them a great
great deal! Why don’t you see if you have a sense which five
are the most popular with most of the people whom you know…
which would be more reliable than just one person’s opinion.
I would surely include the Peaceable Kingdom, always, in
everything… The Poetry two are wonderful… And I think
that… well, don’t include Elinor, simply because too many
people do not seem to respond to it. (It spends its life
in the U.S. mails, still.)

As a matter of fact, I think you are quite consistent.
That is, I don’t think five stick out. I guess it would be
obvious that the adolescent dream poems would not be among
the five. Maybe I would take negative votes – your own,
based upon what you have heard from others – more seriously
even than the positive ones.

Best as ever,


A note from McNair about this letter:  To view the ill-fated Elinore Quelch poem in manuscript, which I agreed was not up to grade, click here.

Read The Last Peaceable Kingdom  (published version)