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Peter Balakian

Poetry

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.

| Subject Matter: War, Soul Music, Manhattan | Interview Year: 2011 | Genre: Poetry |

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