Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20130712, 20120127
The poet James Richardson has called himself an “accidental aphorist,” but his well-crafted works are no accident. He has received awards from the Poetry Society of America and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His 2004 book, Interglacial: New and Selected Poems and Aphorisms, was National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, and his 2010 book By the Numbers: Poems and Aphorisms, was a finalist for the National Book Award; then in 2011, he won the Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers. He reads from the latter collection and explains why he thinks it’s crucial to his creative process to take “unproductive, wasted” stretches of time between books. He also discusses why he prefers poetry and science fiction to novels.
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