She was also quite bitter about certain poets like Mark
Strand (who picked one of his former students in the National Poetry
Contest instead of her manuscript).
Marcus Slease is perhaps referring to this incident
. Strand did not, in fact, pick his student, because the two were removed from competition when CD Wright and I, among others, complained. In the following year, that student, Michael White, was selected by Mark Strand as "winner" of the Colorado Prize
Imagine, being "bitter" about injustice. I don't think my wife is bitter about anything. But she does have a sense of ethics, thankfully.
Last night Kathleen read to me the letter she wrote to recommend Slease for graduate school -- it was nothing but praising of Slease and his writing, but there was something that struck me as peculiar in light of his comments. She commented that he would be taking ANOTHER class from her. So he thinks she's a horrible teacher, takes multiple
classes with her, asks for letters, etc. etc.
So, who is Slease lying to? Himself? His poetry "collective" buddies? Or Kathleen? If nothing else, my year with Foetry is teaching me a lot about people.