Letter from Richard Wilbur

I received a letter today from Richard Wilbur, the greatest living poet in the English language. I was flattered straight off because he took the time to send one (when I am 93, will I respond to mail?  Will I be alive to respond to mail?).  I was even more flattered that he found my beloved "The Cosmic Purr" "classy and full of life" and took "a non-proprietary delight in the stanzas of 'Kudzu,'" which is, among many things, an homage to his "Thyme flowering among rocks."
 
Here, my friends, is
 
Kudzu: An Immigrant's Tale:
 

Poochigian interview in The Grand Forks Herald

Ms. Paulette Tobin asked me great questions about my Aratus and my work in general:
http://www.grandforksherald.com/event/article/id/233023/group/homepage/
Published March 25, 2012, 11:22 PM 
Grand Forks native, Writers Conference author writes poetry, translates from ancient Greek and Latin

Poochigian Wins the New England Poetry Club Varoujan Award

The venerable New England Poetry Club offers an annual award "for an unpublished poem (not a translation) worthy of Daniel Varoujan, a poet killed by the Turks in the genocide which destroyed three-fourths of the Armenian population."
 
Here is a link: http://www.nepoetryclub.org/contests2011.htm
 
I am honored to be a 2011 winner of this award for my poem "The Parlor" (aka "Ottoman") in the book "The Cosmic Purr":
 
Nothing was an heirloom. We had none,

"The Cosmic Purr" Released (Print and E-book)

Well, here we are. "The Cosmic Purr" is out at last, and I have been glad to hear that my free-verse poet friends have enjoyed it as much as the formalists.
 
It is available through Able Muse Press:
 
http://www.ablemusepress.com/aaron-poochigian-cosmic-purr#book_order_info
 
Amazon:
 

Poochigian's "Cosmic Purr" to be released in Spring of 2012

"The appearance of Aaron Poochigian's The Cosmic Purr marks the debut of a poet of distinctive voice and impressive formal accomplishment."
 
                                                                                  Charles Martin
 
Here, for a taste, is Reunion Show, first published in the Dark Horse:
 
Reunion Show
 
Remember rage the way we used to love it
and what mad masks we wore when we began.
Think of the shrieking eagle on our van,
the decal, with its wings aflame,

Poochigian's "Jason and the Argonauts" to be released Jan. 2013

Penguin Classics USA has scheduled the release of Apollonius' "Jason and the Argonauts" (translated by Aaron Poochigian) for early January 2013.
 
Here's a taste and a link to an excerpt on the NEA website:
 
http://www.nea.gov/features/writers/writersCMS/writer.php?id=11_15
 
Jason on the Field of Ares
 
Soon as his shipmates bound the hawsers, Jason
vaulted ashore and swaggered to the lists,
on one arm shield and spear, and in the other

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