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William Trowbridge

Poetry

Interviewed by: Angela Elam

Catalog Number: 20120427, 20111021

The author of three chapbooks and five poetry collections, including The Complete Book of Kong, Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge is unafraid of incorporating pop culture in his work, perhaps because he felt deprived of it as a child. In his 2011 collection, Ship of Fool, Trowbridge takes on the Fool archetype, leading his character through humiliations and sufferings with his signature humor. In this interview, he discusses his affinity for complex characterizations and descriptive language and his belief that comedy is as necessary as tragedy in great literature.

| Subject Matter: Pop Culture, Comedy | Interview Year: 2011 | Genre: Poetry | Awards: Missouri Poet Laureate |

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