Fascinating story, Ervin. I was aware of only a fraction of the Poag family connections. As always, you set the record straight with diligent reporting and intricate detail. Loved thinking about DFW puzzling through the grammar of “Other foundation can no one lay. . .” all the way through a worship service.
Many thanks for your appreciative comments, Dan and Shirley. My other reward for editing and writing in this issue is to have made new friends of the Poags (by long distance) and to renew friendships with two outstanding former students, Emma and Ellah.
Sometime back in the late ’90s, when I was editor of The Mennonite, Doug contacted me and told me about DFW. As an avid reader of fiction, I’d heard of him, but after that began reading his work, which I’ve enjoyed.
Ervin, what an interesting article! I was not aware of this connection between DFW and the Mennonite Community. He’s been in my stack of “books to read” for a while. I think I’ll shuffle him to the top.
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