Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V4 #200

From: George Upper (
Date: 25 Apr 2002

--- wrote:
> Poets can't write "mysteries"? In my opinion, you're
> not only selling Dobyns
> short, but you're forgetting the likes of Kenneth
> Fearing, James Sallis,
> James W. Hall, Charles Willeford and, need I say,
> Raymond Chandler. Not to
> mention Richard Hugo and Jack Spicer, both of whom
> wrote one-off crime
> novels. And there are undoubtedly others.

I'm not sure I'd call ALL THE KING'S MEN a mystery, but it's not exactly not a mystery, either. Robert Penn Warren was, of course, the first poet laureate of the U.S.

> Personally, I would reverse your
> rule: always read a mystery/crime/detective novel
> written by a poet.

Amen to that. If the editors would just agree...

(published poet, unpublished detective writer)

"If you don't give a heck about the man with the Bible in his hand, just get out the way, let the gentleman do his thing."

George C. Upper III, Editor The Lightning Bell Poetry Journal

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