Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20080516
In 2008, Missouri’s governor appointed Walter Bargen as the state’s first poet laureate. In this interview before an audience at the Kansas City Public Library, Bargen talks about the development of his poetry in his dozen books, from the early surreal imagery to the more narrative style of his award-winning collection, The Feast: Prose Poem Sequences. He also reads from his most recent books, Remedies for Vertigo and West of West.
We go to the archives to revisit a program that examines important African-American writers, beginning with the 18th century's Phyllis Wheatley and concluding with former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. This show also features the late Margaret Walk...
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