Rain Taxi magazine has one of the last interviews Derek Walcott gave before he died. He and interviewer Michael Swingen talked about Hart Crane for most of it, so there’s some fascinating analysis there.
This month, there was a ton of articles about Gwendolyn Brooks, for the occasion of her 100th birthday (I wrote one too!), but one of my favorites was this post from the Poetry Foundation about the archive of Brooks’s papers and photographs at the University of Illinois, with pictures included.
“That is what we do as writers. We are constantly fighting our forefathers, the writers who have gone before us, unwriting what they’ve written and trying to do better than they have done”: Image Journal just debuted their new podcast. The first episode features author Richard Rodriguez and it’s terrific.
And lastly, Dana Gioia spoke at the Sierra Poetry Festival last month, where he delivered a wonderful speech in defense of the arts and followed it up with a poetry reading. (Only thing is the video cuts out just as he’s starting to read THE BEST POEM IN THE SET.) (HT: Cynthia Haven)