Poetry Journal

News/Events / 30 July, 2014

Letter to the Editor: Mike Ladd on Peter Kirkpatrick

Mike Ladd writes:

"I enjoyed the lively mix of poetry, essays and reviews in Volume 4, Issue 1. In Peter Kirkpatrick's article on light verse "Lose Weight Now, Ask Me How" he says that "Drain and McCuaig were the last of a long line of journalists who wrote poetry as part of their professional duties." Not quite. I'd like to correct a little eastern states astigmatism here. Max Fatchen was best known as the author of children's verses, but he also wrote a regular column for the Adelaide Advertiser from 1955 until the year he died 2012. The column was sometimes prose, but also included light verse for adults. As far as I know, he was the last of the "newspaper poets" in any of the capital city papers."

We stand corrected -- APJ