Dear Emily Post-Avant,

Thought I’d ask what you thought of the new forum at the Paris Review online, “Where Is Poetry Now?”

Where is poetry now?


Ron Silliman




Why, hello there, Ron,

Nice to hear from you, it’s been a while!

So my answer would be:

Just click on that link you sent and look at the lead Author photo (Still Life, with Apples, Pears, Grapes, and Poet), along with the first sentence of the posing Author’s statement:

“I think American poetry is much as I found it forty years ago as a student.”

It’s not necessary to look or read any further.

Hope you are hanging in there.

Times are tough, I know.

–Emily Post-Avant