I just did a quick Google search of Brenda Shaughnessy- to check if she had published any more poems since my last Google search- and I’ve discovered that she has a new poetry collection coming out in May! The collection is called So Much Synth, a title I like very much(but then again, I would probably like anything Brenda wrote).
In November last year, I wrote a letter to her because I felt so inspired by the collections I’d read. Normally I don’t support fan mail, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity. Even she would never reply.
Brenda is virtually non-existent on the internet, aside from her poetry publications on several publications such as The Awl, and The New Yorker. I knew she had published her collections with Copper Canyon Press, so I asked whether they would be able to forward it to Brenda.
I think it got sent on the 6th. It’s been over three months. I can only assume Copper Canyon Press passed it on because they e-mailed me to say so. But, to be honest, whether or not Brenda replies is not what’s constantly on my mind.
Have you ever sent your favourite writer or idol fan mail? Did you get a reply?
If you want to read some of Brenda’s works, you can check out her poems in:
I’m always amazed by Brenda’s poetry, so it’s nothing but a pleasure for me to introduce her to other people.
You can also read about her in this post. That poem is the epitome of my life. Maybe it will become the epitome of yours.