“Papa Neatzyo,” foreground, died while in Humane Society custody.
  • “Papa Neatzyo,” foreground, died while in Humane Society custody.
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Poetic confusion

Just wanted to let you know that only one of three poems you featured by David Berman in the September 12 issue was written by the actual David Berman, the one who passed away last month (“Three Poems by David Berman,” Rhyme and Verse, September 11). “Imagining Defeat” is his, but the other two weren’t. I don’t know where they came from, but it would’ve been a better move to go with “Governors on Sominex” instead. Oh well.

  • Karl Lintvedt

Editor: Sorry, apparently there are two poets named David Berman

David Berman, author of "Imagining Defeat"

David Berman, author of "Imagining Defeat"

Fat city

With 75% of Americans either overweight or obese, I am surprise that you dedicate an entire issue to burgers and the myriad of places selling them (“2019 Burgers issue,” Cover Stories, September 11).

  • Roger Newell
  • College View Estates

Upgrade to the western burger at H Brothers in Escondido, if only to experience their scratch BBQ sauce.

Upgrade to the western burger at H Brothers in Escondido, if only to experience their scratch BBQ sauce.

Photograph by Matthew Suárez

Birdman of R.B.

Thank you for this very interesting story (“Rancho Bernardo man with 84 cockatiels fights San Diego Humane Society,” City Lights, September 11). It seems to me that the birds lived in conditions comparable to a typical cage or nesting in the wild but that the human was the one who lived in squalor.

  • Robert Burns
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