Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday Muse: Gregory Orr Interview

. . . Lyric poetry is the individual self. . . a song, the affirmation
of human possibility and dignity. . .  .
~ Poet Gregory Orr

Below you'll find Richard Michelson's interesting 19:09-minute interview with poet Gregory Orr, who also is an essayist, nonfiction writer, and lecturer on poetry. The interview was taped June 12, 2014, for WHMP's The Bill Newman Show: Northampton Poetry Radio.

During the interview, Orr talks about the death of his brother, his social activism, the writing of lyric poetry, and his recent work, which he says he sees as a continuum, "part of a flowing thing" emanating from all that has come before.

Orr, who lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, has published at least 10 poetry collections, most recently River Inside the River (W.W. Norton, 2013), the chapbook The City of Poetry (Quarternote Chapbook Series, Sarabande Books, 2012), and How Beautiful the Beloved (Copper Canyon Press, 2009).

Orr leads a poetry workshop at Glen East, which this year was held at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Ellen Rolfes, "Poet Gregory Orr: Poetry Is 'Concentrated Testimony' of Being Human", Art Beat, PBS NewsHour, September 30, 2013 

Alex Dueben, "Gather the Poems Together: A Conversation with Gregory Orr", The Paris Review, September 12, 2013

"Gregory Orr: The Making of Poems", NPR, February 20, 2006

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