More women poets, please

The Monitor's coverage of the literature and the arts continues to enrich my daily life. In the past week, I especially appreciate the article "More Oates-Style Keyhole Realism," Aug. 20, an insightful review of Joyce Carol Oates's new book, "Heat." I think it is the best commentary I have ever read on her writing.I also appreciate the interview with poet William Stafford entitled "Opening the Moment," Aug. 21. Your paper's continued willingness to give two-page spreads to poetry is one thing that makes it impossible for me to consider giving up my subscription. Still, I wish you would devote those two-page spreads to a woman poet more often. How about Janet Lewis, Tess Gallagher, Sharon Olds, Amy Clampitt, Carolyn Kizer, Susan Griffin, Joy Harjo, Olga Broumas, Denise Levertov, La Loca, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, Carolyn Forche, Louise Erdrich, et al.? I am not a raving feminist, just one quiet voice asking for equal time. C. Anderson, Santa Barbara, Calif.

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