Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20140124
Poet Walter Bargen, the author of over a dozen books, served as Missouri's first Poet Laureate from 2008 to 2010. Throughout his laureateship, Bargen vigilantly spread poetry and his poetic philosophies across the state, while continuing to write poems drawn from the ordinary and everyday moments that ultimately, for him, make up the "quintessential American experience." In this interview, he talks about how the laureateship shaped some of his recent poetry included in his 2013 book, Trouble Behind Glass Doors. He also reads from his earlier collection, Days Like This Are Necessary. Visit our Shop for the special Walter Bargen Collection.
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