Thank you so much for all the wise & clever comments to my post on Stephen Dobyns. I appreciated it a lot – very inspiring! I am not in the position to question anything of what you have told me, and do not yet know enough about Dobyns to make any interesting follow-up remarks.
At present state I just want to add this:
- Some of you were discussing when the actual essay was written, and I’m sorry to say that I don’t know, it doesn’t say.
- There was some discussion on his relation and kinship to other poets. In the introduction Dobyns presents four writers who – as he sees it – combines what it is to be an author; a mixture of the life and the work, the craft and the imagination, the responsibility and freedom. The 4 chosen ones are:
Rainer Maria Rilke (Bohemian (Austria-Hungary))
Osip Mandelstam (Rus.)
Anton Chekhov (Rus.)
Yiannis Ritsos (Greek)
In the introduction Dobyns doesn’t name any American idol.