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W. D. Snodgrass

I’d meant to mention his death a couple of days ago, but time and the world and my CRS prevented me. He was one of my favorite poets, and a writer from whom I learned much — the trick I used yesterday of breaking a poem to see how it works came from his De/Compositions: 101 good poems gone wrong.

Besides being a wonderful poet, he was a fine critic and by all accounts a wonderful teacher, and he will be missed.

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2 comments

1 Myreen Moore Nicholson { 01.19.09 at 12:24 am }

De was my best friend in the late 70s, and continued to come down to visit me in Norfolk after his move to Delaware. We traveled and stayed with friends for the Spoleto Festival. And I accepted his invitations to his homes there and in Erieville for my vacations. I had been subjected to many problems because of my early Civil Rights participation, and had only then begun to accept that there was definitely something more than coincidence going on. He gave me a ring on a Christmas Eve date, stating that if I desired it, we would marry. But I had obligations for the foreseeable future, and did not think I was the best person for him.. . We then both met other people.

2 Mike { 01.19.09 at 5:11 pm }

Ms Nicholson, what a wonderful thing to have known him and for the two of you to have meant so much to each other — and for your obvious tenderness to have survived the years apart. Thank you for this remembrance, and I wish you all the best.

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