Nice writing on strife. I think of Olson’s wonderful line about the poetic foot — a foot is to kick
with. Strife is conflict which is necessary for the health of writing. Those who run po-biz, as they
always have, want no conflict. They opt for the noblesse oblige of dismissal.
Mary Oppen approached me about where George’s papers should be placed. (At Middlebury
College I was curator of a collection in American literature.) I advised UC San Diego or SUNY
Buffalo. They should not go to Harvard or Yale since all his life George was opposed to Harvard
and Yale. The papers are at Yale.
I did not see the article Lucas Klein wrote that Hollander commented on. Klein was one of my
best students in my contemporary am lit class. At Yale he led the fight to organize graduate