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Learning from the students at Wayne State


Moving to Detroit from Rochester
WD Snodgrass Poet
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Anyway, I… the next year George P Elliott, who was a very close friend at that time, you knew… you knew George. He… he helped me get a job at Rochester and I was told that would only be for… it was either one… one or two years. The… the lady who was in head… charge of the department said, 'We have already got one poet on the staff and I had to fight so hard to get him on that I can't fight to get another one on, so… so you can stay for a year'  — or was it two? — I don't remember. Well, in the middle of that I got a fellowship from the Hudson Review and so then I quit that year anyway, and it was from there that I went to Detroit. But Detroit was a… was a… a very reveal… especially after my second marriage broke up, you know, I was looking for something to do at night, and my students would take me to the belly dance joints and to the… to whatever their ethnic group had going, and it… it was… it was a very fascinating place.

American poet WD Snodgrass, entered the world of poetry with a bang winning several awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, for his first collection of poetry, Heart's Needle. A backlash followed his controversial fifth anthology “The Fuehrer Bunker”, but in recent years these poems have been reassessed and their importance recognised.

Listeners: William B. Patrick

William B. Patrick is a writer and poet who lives in Troy, New York. Among his work are the poetry volumes "We Didn't Come Here for This" and "These Upraised Hands", the novel "Roxa: Voices of the Culver Family" and the plays "Rescue" and "Rachel's Dinner". His most recent work is the non-fiction book "Saving Troy", based on the year he spent following the Troy Fire Department.

Mr. Patrick has been Writer-in-Residence at the New York State Writers Institute and has taught at Old Dominion University, Onondaga Community College, and Salem State College, and workshops in Screenwriting and Playwriting at the Blue Ridge Writers Conference in Roanoke, Virginia. He has received grants from the Academy of American Poets, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Tags: University of Rochester, The Hudson Review, Detroit, George P Elliott

Duration: 1 minute, 10 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008