Poets in the world

Mon 3 Nov 2008 - Filed under: Not a Journal., | Leave a Comment | Posted by: Gavin

From an interview with Dana Gioia about the Big Read, Ursula Le Guin, etc., at the Clarion blog (via Locus):

Q. You have recently announced that you will be leaving the NEA in January, although both parties seem to want you to stay. Looking back, what do you hope people will see as your legacy at the NEA?

Gioia: I hope I am remembered as a good writer who put his own work aside for six years to help heal his country’s culture in a dark and divisive time. It’s important for a nation to have a few poets in its history who have played a role in civic life.

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  1. sara on November 6th, 2008 2:28 pm

    yeah, divisive times. Don’t forget that Gioia is a card-carrying Republican and a Bush supporter. I don’t think he’s such a saint. Probably the only Republican poet the administration could find!

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