Spring 2001 • Vol. XXIII No. 2 Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Celebration of the Nobel PrizesApril 1, 2001 |

On Brodsky’s Collected

"With all tenderness and affection" —from J. Brodsky to M. Harper; inscribed in Less than One: Selected Essays, October 12, 1988 Signature in a paperback arresting your copious     annotations on "September 1, 1939" (exegetical in the extreme)     extreme unction of the heart such lucid heartwork without translation     bright bed and breakfast in macabre Providence very unPoelike     for I have read your EnglishAmerican (as you read your RussianSoviet)     to a vast audience of scientists in the graduated labs of Barus & Holly     a valiant pant across participles the psychic hum of all lingua you intuited     "for language is the only homeland" metaphysician of this psychograph  an interrogation     sutures of blood and song your generous taxonomies  in cavernous secret vena cava

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Michael S. Harper was a poet, scholar, and teacher. His many books of poetry earned him multiple awards including the National Institute of Arts and Letters Creative Writing Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts grant.

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