francine j. harris reads from her book Allegiance published by Wayne State University Press. We talk about Detroit, InsideOut, and love of language.
Calvin Forbes reads from The Shine Poems published by Louisiana State University Press. We talk about radio and creating a character from a song–traveling, folklore, and the music of Janis Joplin and Donny Hathaway.
Benjamin Paloff reads from his book of poems The Politics (2011) published by Carnegie Mellon University Press. We talk about philosophers, Polish poets, Atlantic City and Boston.
Julian Levinson reads from his book Exiles on Main Street: Jewish American Writers and American Literary Cultur” (2008) published by Indiana University Press. We talk about Walt Whitman, Emma Lazarus and The Rolling Stones. We also talk about the origins of this project– and why the introduction begins with this from Allen Ginsberg’s America: “America I still haven’t told you what you did to Uncle Max after he came over from Russia.”