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Who Steals My Good Name: background and reading


Reading the modern poem
WD Snodgrass Poet
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It was… it was the course I loved to teach. I would've paid them to let me teach that. You see, I wasn't supposed to be teaching that. I was supposed to be teaching English. And… and so what we did was, we gave this course a different name every semester so the theatre people wouldn't suspect. It was called Reading the Modern Poem or something. And also, this way, I got to have the same students semester after semester after semester because they… they could sign up again for this… this course that had a different name. And it was really the same course all over again. And I must say that, yeah, these were people that… that I became very fond of. Well, became lifelong friends, as… as you might guess.

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: poem, reading poems, semester, students, friends

Duration: 47 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008