2011-02-25 / On Second Thought

A letter about the Bard of the Yukon

Warner,

Thoroughly enjoyed your piece about the Bard of the Yukon. I have clipped it and will keep it on my bookshelf along with my first edition of his The Spell of the Yukon, published in 1907 by Barse & Hopkins of New York.

My copy was bought in Boston by my aunt. It eventually wound up in my hands, for which I am grateful.

I don’t think much of the loosely jointed prose that passes today as “poetry.” In my view, old masters like Service had the skill to pack words on a page in perfect rhythm and rhyme. True poetry, not “poetic prose.”

John Wrisley

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