i’m also pleased irene mckinney placed so high on the list. she was one of my professors at the teeny tiny college i attended in west virginia. i didn’t consider myself a poet back then (i was a journalist and boy chaser) and i wrote lots of crap in her creative writing class.

about the only thing i knew about poetry at that time was that she had amazing talent. i’d like to have the chance to go back and study with her now!