Back in 2002 I was looking for some poetry to feature on the program to mark National Poetry Month. I had just seen that three of the poet Galway Kinnell's books had recently been reissued in one volume as "Three Books: Body Rags; Mortal Acts, Mortal Words; and The Past" so I contacted his publicist to inquire about an interview.
My request was granted and I called him at his home in Vermont to conduct a live interview during the Book Nook section of the Excursions music program I was hosting. At the time I recorded this installment I had no clue that Kinnell was a poet who was held in such high regard. A number of years later after he died I perused his obituary in the New York Times and finally realized that he really had been somebody. He was famous!
That's all probably for the better although I don't usually feel nervous when I interview someone who is well known. I did not know about Kinnell and for me ignorance truly was bliss. We had a lovely chat that day back in April of 2002. He had some great stories to tell and he read some of his poems.
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