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Letters to Ted
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Paperback (112 pages)
(Pub. Oct 2002)
The emptying of the house reminds me that
You talked of weeds, flowering, fruiting.
Still, “Don’t throw anything out!” you growled.
But gradually I burrowed into these too, disposed of fistfuls.
I’m reminded of this, as I box what remains unboxed.
Your Voice Inside the Abbey
Unannounced, your voice filled the Abbey,
Do I preserve what I know by not transcribing you,
Letters to Ted is a remarkable collection of poems in memory of the late Poet Laureate, Ted Hughes, with whom Daniel Weissbort struck up a friendship, both literary and personal, during their student days in 1950s Cambridge. Swift-moving, by turns contemplative and dramatic in their narration, these spare, poignant, often diary-like poems conjure up a rich history of incidents and memories, creating a moving portrait of a great poet and a lasting friendship.
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