September 19, 2010 by Tracey S. Rosenberg
I note that I have used ‘thrilled’ in the last two entries, so I shall eschew its use here.
There’s an old chestnut about poetry to the effect that it’s like throwing a leaf down a well and waiting to hear the splash, so it’s always useful (not to mention flattering) to receive feedback. In this case, the feedback from adjudicator Stewart Conn was:
The limpid brevity of ‘Carlyle alone’ speaks volumes about a marriage, even if we know nothing of its subjects.
Which I appreciate knowing, as I doubt it would work well as a poem if you needed to be an editor on the Carlyle Letters project in order to understand it. Obviously, it’s only my personal take on their relationship.