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By Wallace Stevens, Holly Stevens, Richard Howard

Long unavailable, now in paperback for the 1st time, those are the intense, sophisticated, illuminating letters of 1 of the good poets of the 20 th century. Stevens's well-known criterion for poetry—"It may still provide pleasure"—informed his epistolary aesthetic in addition; those letters stimulate one's urge for food for poetry as they valorize the mind's eye and the senses. in addition they supply interesting glimpses of Stevens as relations guy, coverage govt, gourmet, and friend.

FROM THE BOOK:"Next to the eagerness flower i admire fuchsias, and no kidding. . . . Down one of the Pennsylvania Germans there has been a race of younger males . . . who carved willow lovers. those males could take a little bit willow stick a few foot lengthy, peel it and with not anything greater than a jackknife carve it into anything that gave the impression of a memento of Queen Anne's underwear. the difficulty that somebody took to invent fuchsias makes me give some thought to those willow fanatics. but it is a gloomy and dreary day at the present time and who am I to be frivolous less than such circumstances."—from a letter to Wilson Taylor, August 20, 1947

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All well-save colds, coughs, corns, +c­ I shall be glad to hear from you- I am convinced from the Poetry ( ? ) you write your Mother that the afflatus is not serious-and docs not interfere with some real hard work. Yours as ever Garrett B . 2r • . l Dear Wallace Am always glad to hear from you-and I expect occasionally letters in the vein of your favor just received. For since waste follows feeding­ feeding requires fodder and fodder and fine clothes don't come from prayers-one must go down deep into the bag or keep it replen­ ished- [ .

EJwin Stanton Lj,·ingood, a friend and neighbor of Stc\·cns' in Reading who, after grauuating from Harvard in 1 895, had returned for a year of graJuatc work ( 1 898-<)9) . l [February 9, 1 899] Dear \Vallace: This is only the 9th but I will send checks for Bursar · early next week all right- Cold as blue blazes here and dull- I cannot get a client to come down with that pleasing punctuality that inspires a fellow to pay his own bills- Nor can I sell anything and dear knows I have borrowed enough but I keep at it all right-and such Virtue must have some reward.

Vho isn't? Paul has just come into the office, to buy a stamp and someone else at 323 has been or will be surprised. )Oh! hie-keep to the middle of the road Oh! Don't look to the right Don't look to the left But keep to the middle of the road. II II II II Preposterous-impossible-unimaginable. ] Mon. Aug. 1 2 . 1 895 My dear Mother, John has received and both have read your letter. We are both having a good time and play bricks and attend parties and generally we are very flash. I belong to a quartet [ , ] better "the" only quartet.

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