Time for a new official mailbag, dontcha think?
Also, here are some links, just 'coz.
Seth's Open Letter To Poets Who Hate the Creative Writing MFA
Jim Shepard on the art of close reading. Good prep for all those heading into programs next fall, and essential advice for any writer.
April, by Louise Glück. Yes, it's bleak. But great. Balm to those applying again next year, or does it just inflame you? Responses in the comments, please.