If you missed the bulletin on July 1, this month’s word is WONDER. If it produces half as many good poems as SUMMER did, we’re in for some delightful reading in July!
A few weeks ago I received in the mail a beautiful book of poetry called ART AND ARTISTS, which was published in England by Alfred Knopf and edited by Emily Fragos. http://gallatin.nyu.edu/academics/faculty/ef29.html
I wondered why someone named Julie Wright had sent it to me but was glad to own a copy. I flipped through the opening pages and spotted poems by W. H. Auden, John Keats, Ted Kooser, Richard Wilbur, Homer, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, D. H. Lawrence, William Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, Billy Collins, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Mark Strand, Christina Rossetti, Wallace Stevens, Edith Wharton, Allen Ginsberg, Walt Whitman, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, John Donne, Thomas Hardy, Herman Melville, William Shakespeare, and so on. Clearly this is not a book to rush through so I paced myself by reading two or three poems at a sitting before putting it down each time. I have a long way to go because the book has more than 200 pages.
Yesterday I received a check in the mail from the same Julie Wright for permission to use one of my poems in ARTS AND ARTISTS. I picked up the book and flipped through ALL the pages. Sure enough, I’m in there with a poem I wrote for Jan Greenberg’s wonderful book, HEART TO HEART, which snagged some very snazzy awards when it came out in 2001.
I finally remembered being asked for permission to include my poem in the new book but it was just long enough ago that I’d not made the connection. I mean after all, Homer and I used to send our togas to the same cleaners, and could I ever tell you stories about that guy! But I haven’t seen him in ages.
ARTS AND ARTISTS is a handsome book with lots of outstanding poems and I’m honored to be included. I recommend the book if you’re looking for a great collection. Kudos to editor Emily Fragos. http://www.amazon.com/Art-Artists-Emily-Fragos/dp/1841597937/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1341075732&sr=1-2&keywords=art+and+artists+by+emily+fragos