Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February 18, 2012- Aaron Shurin Part 2!

This past Saturday, we played part 2 of our interview with Aaron Shurin, which concluded our talk about his new book Citizen, recently published by City Lights Books. We touched on how characters emerge in the book, including the use of gender in the text. Again, Shurin generously shared his process with us and how this book benefitted from a 'permission' to intensity that he reached at this point in his wonderful writing career. We got to sink our teeth into his complex, 'exuberant' language and hear him read quite a bit from the book. We started to talk about how (political) content is tackled in poetry without slipping into the didactic. Click Here to Listen

Monday, February 13, 2012

February 11, 2012- Aaron Shurin Part 1

This Saturday, we played the first part of our interview with Aaron Shurin, writer and professor at USF, who recently published his book Citizen with City Lights Books. Besides hearing some of his wonderful work, he discussed the construction of his book, his writing and editing process and his use of sound and sensuality in his poetry. Shurin generously tells us about the building blocks of Citizen, including his use of found text, his ideas about language and how place informs the work. Please listen on February 18th for part 2! Click here to listen