Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20121130, 20111223
Robert Bly, the preeminent poet, translator, and cultural commentator, reads from his 2011 poetry collection, Talking into the Ear of a Donkey, which won the 2012 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement. Winner of a National Book Award and two Guggenheims, Bly has published over twenty collections of poetry, and is highly regarded as a great translator of international poetry. In this recording of his reading at Rockhurst University’s Midwest Poets Series, he performs with sitartist David Whetstone and also reads from My Sentence Was a Thousand Years of Joy: Poems, his own adaptation of the Mideastern ghazal form in three-line stanzas.
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 Nebraska's Creighton University, she reads fr...
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