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Excellent post, Louis. I still remember Howard telling poets at Sewanee that their "crummy sincerity is not enough." He was a fine poet, but like you I often find the tight formalism of his poems to be a bit much at times--William Logan mentioned an often strait jacket quality about them. BTW: I wore my Sewanee t-shirt so much that it literally disintegrated--glad that yours is hanging on.

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