In this 1960 postcard from our archive, Louise Bogan responds to Marie Bullock, founder of the Academy of American Poets, regarding the state of poetry at the time, particularly in the schools. Bogan writes, “The right atmosphere for the encouragement of poets is an open, informed society,” and calls for “better instruction of the young.” In her own life, Bogan often spoke of the value of education, though she was somewhat insecure about her own level of study.

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