Dear Dispatches:

I much appreciate  David Baptiste-Chirot’s letter to Dispatches, but first want to say that I think Howard McCord meant “[I] miss James Liddy” and perhaps not a homophobic plun. I haven’t dug into the archives yet but it would be interesting to talk about that correspondence, if Howard is willing.

David, who I still have yet to assemble materials on properly compares James to Verlaine, Rimbaud and Yeats, who very much found their way into James’ delivery. I’m not sure James was aware of Jack Spicer by the time he got to San Francisco. In fact, I recall him crediting Ron Silliman with telling him about Spicer. What David gets so right is the excitement of that constellation in discovering this remarkable discourse. James was an incredible teacher and influenced many.