Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20170519, 20150828
This conversation with Dave Smith, the author of more than 20 books of poetry, essays, memoir and fiction, is the second half of this interview recorded as part of the Midwest Poets Series. He talks about the importance of elegiac poetry and the influence of other poets on his work. Smith illustrates how writing poetry has allowed him to recover long forgotten memories by reading from his book The Wick of Memory: New and Selected Poems, 1970-2000. He also reads from his essay collection, Hunting Men: Reflections on a Life in American Poetry and from his essay included in the 80th anniversary edition of New Letters magazine.
Shows from 1981 and 1988, as well as the earlier program produced from this interview with Dave Smith, are available in our Audio Archives. A special collection including all of these programs and that 80th anniversary edition of New Letters magazine is available in our Shop.
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