On Dropping Ampersands from My Poems

Over the last decade or so I have used the ampersand instead of the word and in my poems; I think it began as a tribute to Larry Levis. I had recently been thinking of going back to using and, so today when the editors at the Beloit Poetry Journal accepted three poems and suggested using the conjunction rather than the symbol, I not only agreed, but have decided to drop the practice henceforth as an affectation.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

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