From the archives: Franz Wright reads poems from Kindertotenwald (Knopf 2013). We talk about wearing masks, about the difficult twenties, and about seeing the drawbacks of MFA programs (while still loving scholars and universities). We also talk about finding your secret of writing, “king of the cats,” and the universal.
AnneStevenson reads from her book Astonishment from Bloodaxe Books in the UK and her “Selected Poems” published in 2008 by The Library of America for The Poetry Foundation.
We talk about her undergraduate days here in Ann Arbor, her return for an MA, her correspondence with Elizabeth Bishop–and how her next book will be released as she turns 80. We also talk about her life and loves–and these wonderful poems.
DavaSobel reads from A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos published by Bloomsbury.
We talk about when she first heard the term science writing and how once–while interviewing B.F. Skinner–she felt like the grim reaper. We also talk about why she chose to write a play about Copernicus as the central section of her nonfiction book.
LauraWetherington reads from her debut collection A Map Predetermined and Chance published by Fence Books for The National Poetry Series.
We talk about putting together a first book and about editing the audio journal textsound.org. We also talk about fake translations, erasures and Emily Dickinson–and Laura‘s love of NELP, the University of Michigan’s New England Literature Program.
DonovanHohn reads from his first book Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them published by Viking. We talk about how an essay grows into a project of this magnitude–and about adventure on the high seas.