How magnificent is this accomplishment! I refer to your opus, the nine-volume IN THE HOUSE OF THE HANGMAN, with each volume being about 654 pages. My copy -- MY COPY OF A SINGLE POEM! -- arrived in today's mail and they took over an entire bench:
As a bibliophile, I am on my knees stroking those glossy covers -- the elegant black-and-white presentation of the whole thang fits! No need for ornamentation. I opened the first volume at random and it even has hay(na)ku!
This helps explain why John, for me, is a Poet's Poet: he is personally modest but, poetically, ambitious. His ambition honors the art.
I will have more to say about this in the future, I'm sure. All I can say in response is, "Dear 5,886-page John, I promise to read every word." Every. Word. It's the least I can do.
P.S. Now, what are you going to do to top this?!