Warren Woessner's Greatest Hits
- The series by Pudding House is a good idea. Your twelve poems are not
just good; they're knockouts. The League of Canadian Poets had a
similar series; I was scheduled to be, say, 173; but the series
collapsed at 169. Squabbling over royalties seemed to consume every
Annual General Meeting. Executive directors came and went; but every
new one felt his first duty was to impose his aesthetic taste on the
series. The books were underpriced to appeal to high schools.
Government grants came and went--and finally went.
You've affixed Alaska to the US Midwest to make a sensible world. I
was very annoyed at you for leaving New York after only three years
but, with the new book at hand, I can't recall a single line of your
poetry that rings of Manhattan.