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Observing the Great Horned Owl


The poem dedicated to my wife Kathy
WD Snodgrass Poet
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There's one of… one to Kathy. You… you know the… the most famous poem during the English Renaissance was Christopher Marlowe's Come Live with Me and Be My Love. Well, I wrote one, Come Live with Me and Be My Last, for her, obviously. And so… so, I don't know. A… a lot of humor has come. I'm not all… I yea… I feel I can make the complaint that... that some... somebody made to Dr Johnson, you know, I can't be a poet, cheerfulness keeps creeping in. I must say that my life with Kathy has been so much better… has just really changed so many things, that many of the poems get cheerful, if I don't turn to the international situation or to our government or things like that.

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: Come Live with Me and Be My Love, Come Live with Me and Be My Last, Christopher Marlowe

Duration: 1 minute, 3 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008