Knight Library digging around the papers of Ethel Romig Fuller—a widely-published (though not well remembered) modern poetry advocate in the Pacific Northwest who was named Oregon's third (and first woman) poet laureate, a position she held from 1957 until her death in 1965. We can guarantee that you will eventually be hearing more about Fuller from P&PC, but this week we thought we'd share something else we came upon at the Knight: a June 6, 1979 letter from Ray Bradbury to William R. Cox, and Cox's response of June 22 later that month, both of which are in the library's William R. Cox papers. Neither Bradbury nor Cox (who wrote stories for the pulps before moving West to write screenplays, television scripts, and 80 novels) are associated with poetry by most stretches of the imagination, and yet, as these letters suggest, poetry was nevertheless part and parcel of the pulpy world they lived in and the language of friendship they spoke.
Don Marquis and the characters of Archie (the poetry-writing cockroach) and Mehitabel (Archie's alley cat friend) that Marquis first made famous in poems illustrated by George Herriman and published in the New York Evening Sun in the 1910s and 1920s. "Well, what the hell Mehitabel," Cox concludes, "what the hell as Archie the Cockroach was wont to say."