Interviewed by: Rebekah Presson Mosby
Catalog Number: 20110902
Peter Balakian, a poet of Armenian descent, discusses his 2010 work, Ziggurat, with former New Letters on the Air host, Rebekah Presson Mosby. The book is a poem in 45 sections that attempts to describe and map the thoughts that enter and leave a character's mind as he rides beneath Manhattan on the A-Train. It touches on everything from soul music to the war in Iraq, and gives a semi-autobiographical account of a mail runner in the World Trade Center in the early 1970s.
Poet Susan Aizenberg discusses the use of fiction within poetry, admitting that she draws from real life, but notes that there is a distinction between truth and fact. Recently retired from teaching at Creighton University, she reads from her thir...
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