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Long unavailable, now in paperback for the 1st time, those are the bright, refined, illuminating letters of 1 of the nice poets of the 20th century. Stevens's recognized criterion for poetry—"It may still supply pleasure"—informed his epistolary aesthetic besides; those letters stimulate one's urge for food for poetry as they valorize the mind's eye and the senses. additionally they provide interesting glimpses of Stevens as relations guy, coverage govt, gourmand, and friend.

FROM THE BOOK:"Next to the fervour flower i like fuchsias, and no kidding. . . . Down one of the Pennsylvania Germans there has been a race of younger males . . . who carved willow fanatics. those males might take a little bit willow stick a couple of foot lengthy, peel it and with not anything greater than a jackknife carve it into whatever that seemed like a memento of Queen Anne's undies. the difficulty that somebody took to invent fuchsias makes me contemplate those willow enthusiasts. but it is a gloomy and dreary day this present day and who am I to be frivolous below such circumstances."—from a letter to Wilson Taylor, August 20, 1947

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