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Poets Talking

Clive Wilmer

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Imprint: Lives and Letters
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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    Patricia Beer
    Charles Causley
    Donald Davie
    James Fenton
    Thom Gunn
    Tony Harrison
    Seamus Heaney
    John Heath-Stubbs
    Ted Hughes
    P. J. Kavanagh
    Michael Longley
    Czeslaw Milosz
    Les Murray
    John Peck
    Gyorgy Petri
    Craig Raine
    Stephen Romer
    Peter Scupham
    C. H. Sisson
    Ken Smith
    'Most poets,' wrote Robert Hanks in the Independent, 'aren't likely to get an interviewer as knowledgeable and sympathetic as Wilmer.'

    For Gillian Reynolds of the Telegraph, 'He proved an inspired choice . . . with a steady sense of judgment.'

    Between autumn 1989 and spring 1992 Clive Wilmer interviewed a number of poets for Radio 3's 'Poet of the Month'. Poets Talking includes the transcripts of nineteen of these conversations, plus two interviews not recorded for the programme.

    Wilmer chose poets he wanted to talk to, most of them with a substantial following, some deserving wider attention. Himself a poet of distinction, Wilmer speaks to fellow writers from within the craft they share. They discuss their lives, their approaches to language and form, and the ways in which their work draws upon and contributes to our common literary and civic worlds.
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