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I think someone should reply to PoetMex about Hughes but most subscribers
to BP are probably enraged dissidents who think Hughes is "Mainstream" and
so never read him. Yet both Veronica Forrest-Thompson and Andrew Duncan
thought [tense?] that Hughes was/is a good and important poet. I don't feel
so confident, but I do get the impression that Birthday Letters might be
the best he has ever written. So far as I know nothing has happened about
the book over here of a serious nature, I mean its impact is in the hands
of various journalists (literary hacks, professional feminists, etc) and
I've seen nothing said which recognises it as poetry.

What's all this about "autumnal"?  What's wrong with Autumn? It's my
favourite time of year. It gets cold, the trees turn red and brown, the
sunlight comes at more of an angle, it's wonderful.

Peter Riley





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