POETRY IN PERSON Edited by Alexander Neubauer

Beginning in 1970, Pearl London taught a course at the New School in New York City called WORKS IN PROGRESS for almost 30 years where she asked famous poets to visit the class with drafts of their new poems. This book is a series of conversations from those classes, transcripts taken from a series of previously unknown recordings found after London’s death and edited by Neubauer. And who showed up at these classes? Maxine Kumin, Robert Hass, Muriel Rukeyser, Philip Levine, Louise Gluck, June Jordan, James Merrill, Marilyn Hacker, Galway Kinnell, Derek Walcott, Amy Clampitt, Lucille Clifton, Stanley Plumly, C. K. Williams, Molly Peacock, Robert Pinsky, Edward Hirsch, Frank Bidart, William Matthews, Paul Muldoon, Li-Young Lee, Charles Simic, and Eamon Grennan. Pearl London asks insightful questions of these poets to tease out the secrets of writing great poetry. If you’re interested in the creative process and how artists achieve their effects, Poetry in Person reveals some of their special secrets. GRADE: A

12 thoughts on “POETRY IN PERSON Edited by Alexander Neubauer

  1. Richard R.

    This sounds terrific! I’m checking for it at the library in a minute, if not there I’ll get it through inter-loan. Thanks George! Hope you’re enjoying National Poetry Month as much as I am!

    Though I won’t post on it, this week I’m re-reading Howl by Ginsberg, something I’ve not read through for three decades. Also on boil is Ghosts of a Chance by John Harvey.

  2. Alexander Neubauer

    Thanks much for your description of Poetry in Person and so many key details. If your readers are interested in a short video about the book, I’ve posted one on youtube:


    For National Poetry Month, I’ve also been posting a few of the audio clips from the conversations between Pearl London and the poets on alexanderneubauer.com, if anyone is interested in hearing more of the actual exchanges. (see the blog tab)

    Again, thank you.
    Alex Neubauer

  3. Drongo

    Thanks George, that was a kind thing to say, but if you knew me, you wouldn’t let your daughter date me…


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