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Sparks from the Anvil
The Smith College Poetry Interviews
Christian McEwen, ed.




Bauhan
2015 • 300 pp. 6 x 9"
Literary Collections - American / Poetry Criticism

$25.00 Paperback, 978-0-87233-194-5



A treasure-trove for current friends of poetry, and a legacy for future generations

Sparks from the Anvil: The Smith College Poetry Interviews is a collection of discussions with contemporary poets, ranging from established elders like W.S. Merwin and Maxine Kumin to dazzling newcomers like Aracelis Girmay and the Dickman brothers, Matthew and Michael. In conversation with Christian McEwen, they describe their habitual writing practice, influences, and development, as well as their sense of the American poetry scene, and whatever else comes up in the course of a long, thoughtful, richly meandering exchange.

The sixteen interviewed poets are:

Annie Boutelle
Matthew Dickman
Michael Dickman
Patrick Donnelly
Rita Dove
Nikky Finney
Aracelis Girmay
Edward Hirsch

Jane Hirshfield
Yusef Komunyakaa
Maxine Kumin
Gwyneth Lewis
W.S. Merwin
Patricia Smith
Chase Twichell
Jean Valentine



CHRISTIAN MCEWEN was born in London and grew up in the Borders of Scotland. Her most recent book, also with Bauhan Publishing, is The Tortoise Diaries: Daily Meditations on Creativity and Slowing Down. McEwen’s poems and essays have been widely published, and she has taught poetry, environmental literature, and creative writing at a number of different venues, including The Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, Williams College, Smith College, and Lesley University. She has been a Fellow several times at the Yaddo and MacDowell colonies, and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.



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