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Dave Smith

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Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20180803, 20150417

Poet Dave Smith grew up in Virginia's tidewater region along the coast, so it's no surprise that his many books of poetry and essays are abundant in inspiration from the outdoor life in that area. Smith, who has been described as a poet of place, discusses how landscape and the rituals of hunting figure into his work, and how writing poetry is an act of recovery. He reads from his 2011 poetry book Hawks on Wires and discusses his essays included in New Letters magazine and in his 2006 collection, Hunting Men: Reflections on a Life in American Poetry. Earlier programs from 1981 and 1988, as well as another program produced from this interview with Dave Smith, are available in our Audio Archives.

| Subject Matter: Nature, Hunting, Virginia, Imagination | Interview Year: 2014 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Virginia Prize in Poetry, Prairie Schooner Reader’s Award |

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