Dear Editor: A History of Poetry in Letters

"The heritage of poetry and Poetry in the USA are nearly interchangeable, definitely inseparable," A. R. Ammons wrote. Dear Editor, in collecting over six hundred strangely candid letters to and from the editors of Poetry, strains the improvement of poetry in the USA: Ezra Pound's opinion of T. S. Eliot ("It is any such convenience to satisfy a guy and never need to inform him to clean his face, wipe his feet") and of Robert Frost ("dull as ditch water...[but] set to be 'literchure' someday"); Edna St. Vincent Millay's pleas for an strengthen ("I am develop into very, very skinny, and feature taken to smoking Virginia tobacco"); Wallace Stevens on himself ("I have a stunning well-developed suggest streak"). listed below are the interior tales, the rivalries among aspiring authors, the inspirations in the back of classics, the practicalities (and politicking) of publishing. In attention-grabbing anecdotes and literary gossip, ratings of poets supply insights into the inventive technique and their reactions to old occasions.

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Moreover, the increased use of ethnic quotas following the 2002 constitutional reform, along with the continued proliferation of ethnic statistics and maps by the organizations in charge of the return process, show how the very notion of ‘undoing ethnic cleansing’ risks trapping the Bosnian population within the ethno-national categories these very organizations purport to reject (Jansen 2005). At the same time, other changes and continuities have gone largely unnoticed or are still subordinated to a normative reading of the war and its aftermath.

This ‘ethnic bias’ is obvious in the work of authors who favour partition scenarios and therefore tend to emphasize ethnic conflicts. In a more indirect and unexpected way, though, this has also been present among the advocates of a unified Bosnia. Not only do some of them give in to interpretations of the war in terms of collective guilt, but they also tend to reduce its impact to the spatial separation of ethno-national groups, a process they argue that the marginalization of nationalist elites and the revision of Dayton would be sufficient to ‘undo’.

Several chapters show how ‘locals’ in turn perceive, react to and influence the activities and discourses of international actors, be it at the political level (esp. Grandits, Duijzings, Delpla, Helms) or in everyday life (esp. Jašareviü, Armakolas, Jansen).

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