Responses to Wieners's romance.
...I hadn't ever thought about the connections between Wieners and, say, Mallarmé but it makes complete sense. Especially what you say about his work in Behind the State Capitol & later seems so true. His work really seems unusual to me in that he got more interesting and experimental as he got older. And he understood the uses of silence, or of waiting. What I've read of Behind the State Capitol in his Selected Poems and fragments I've come across of later work seems miles ahead, or beyond, anyone in his generation or subsequent ones. And all done in his humble and earnest way [...]
I keep thinking of the time I saw him read at Waterstone's Bookstore (I think it was in 1997 or early '98) and though I suspect some audience members were impatient or perplexed with his reading style, I found it astonishing and refreshing. How he took his poem "Ode on a Common Fountain" and "remixed" it with interruptions & asides, creating a marvelous expansion of that text, updating it...
-- Guillermo Parra
he told me something once that I’ve never forgotten. I mentiond a poet (who I have forgotten) expecting some evaluative response. "I'm a friend but not a fan" he sd. & I've been waiting decades to use his line.
-- Alex Gildzen