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Topic: The Poetry of Poul Anderson

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 12/07/2010

Dear Mr. Bear:

First, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

Recently, I've been trying to track down copies of STAVES, a collection of the poetry of Poul Anderson. It seems to be rare and hard to find. One website did have a list of the contents of STAVES. What bothered me was noticing the book does not have three major poems: "The Battle of Brandobar, "Mary O'Meara," and "The Queen of Air and Darkness."

Do you know why these poems were omitted? And I hope a future collection nf Poul Anderson's verses will include these three poems!

Sincerely, Sean M. Brooks

Re: The Poetry of Poul Anderson

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/27/2010

We're tracking down Poul's short stories now--quite a volume of them--and have not yet begun on the poetry. Thanks for the heads up on a few not in the collection!

Re: The Poetry of Poul Anderson

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrenc, MA
Date: 12/28/2010

Dear Mr. Bear:

Thanks for your reply! Yes, a really COMPLETE collection of the poems written by Poul Anderson would be greatly appreciated by his fans. What puzzled me was HOW or why the three poems I listed in my first note could have been omitted from STAVES, the 1993 collection of Anderson's poems. After all, as indicated below, those poems could have been easily found.

"The Battle of Brandobar," in AFTER DOOMSDAY, Ch. 13

"Mary O'Meara," to be found in WORLD WITHOUT STARS

"The Queen of Air and Darkness," orig. pub. in the April 1971 issue of THE MAG. OF FANTASY AND SF. And repub. multiple times.

So there should have been no reasonable difficulties in including these poems with STAVES. I did wonder if there were copyright issues.

One last point, are there any plans for publishing a collection of Poul Anderson's surviving letters? If so, I would be glad to send the editor copies of my correspondence with Mr. Anderson.

Happy New Year! Sean M. Brooks

Re: The Poetry of Poul Anderson

From: Greg Bear
Date: 12/28/2010

Karen responds: "I'd say it was pretty simple: STAVES collects items that are short, not professionally published, or both -- for example, the courtly sonnets and the haiku. The major poems Mr. Brooks cites are relatively long and easy to find, or would have been in 1993 when STAVES was published."

Bringing them all back in print makes sense, of course.

Re: The Poetry of Poul Anderson

From: Sean M. Brooks
Location: Lawrence, MA
Date: 12/28/2010

Dear Mr. Bear:

Thanks for passing along Mrs. Anderson's comments about the three poems I've been discussing. I would have been less puzzled about their omission from STAVES if the book had a preface or introduction mentioning the stress on collecting the SHORTER poems of Poul Anderson.

I am glad you seem to agree any future collection of Mr. Anderson's verses should include his longer poems, such as "The Battle of Brandobar." I would suggest as well it should include Mrs. Anderson's own verses. Such as the poem about "The Dog and the Wolf" she wrote for THE KING OF YS.

Happy New Year! Sean M. Brooks

Re: The Poetry of Poul Anderson

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/01/2011

Happy New Year, Sean!

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