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.

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  1. Interesting. I just read your poem in The Sun and have also read Magical Thinking and have wondered about your choice of the ampersand.

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