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    I've been reading my complimentary copy with interest, rolling my eyes now and again.

    Stand Magazine @Stand_poetry
    We are delighted to announce that our Summer special issue on the late Geoffrey Hill has arrived! Get yours here: standmagazine.org/subscribe

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    Alice Goodman

    So many good pieces. Of course I noticed the contributor who made a snarky remark about G's funeral.

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    And the one who didn't get the elementary fact that G didn't think any living poet was his equal, much less his superior.

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    Alice Goodman

    You may think X or Y writes poetry as well or better than G did, but believe me, G did not agree with you. He knew how good he was.

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    Alice Goodman

    If he didn't tell you to your face that you were mistaken, that was probably because he was raised to be courteous, especially over meals.

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    G wrote one fan letter to a poet in his life--to R.S. Thomas, which he later regretted. In any case, RST never received it.

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    They did correspond later in life, and hoped to read together. It was an enjoyably grumpy correspondence. I've got half of it here.

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    RST signs his letters (on those thin, blue aerograms) 'Ron.'

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