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“Every generation has to reiterate, rewrite what those genres are and what they mean in the vocabulary of the moment. So the elegy is not a set genre, it’s not a set form. We each have to re-write that thing when we write. That’s our job, in a way.”—Rick Barot
On May 15, 2020, Rick Barot—the award-winning author of Chord, Want, and The Darker Fall—joined us for a virtual poetry reading in the midst of the pandemic. His latest book of poems, The Galleons (2020), was long-listed for this year’s National Book Award and, in honor of that, we’re pleased to present it to you now.
His reading is introduced by SAL Associate Director Rebecca Hoogs, and after his reading, a conversation follows moderated by poet Jane Wong, the author of Overpour from Action Books, and How to Not Be Afraid of Everything, forthcoming from Alice James Books.
Air Date: December 21, 2020
Audio from lecture: Rick Barot: Online
Recorded May 15, 2020