Episode 14: Michael Anania

LCLC Oral History

07-10-2022 • 50 mins

In this episode conference director Matthew Biberman talks with Michael Anania who headlined the LCLC After Dark Reading this past February 2022 during the LCLC's 49th conference. Michael Anania is a poet, essayist, and fiction writer. His published work includes twelve collections of poetry, among them Selected Poems (1994), In Natural Light (1999) and his most recent, Night Songs and Clamors (2018). His work is widely anthologized and has been translated into Italian, German, French, Spanish and Czech. He has also published a novel, The Red Menace, and a collection of essays, In Plain Sight. While at the LCLC, Anania had the pleasure of attending a panel on his work featuring contributors to the recent festschrift From the Word to the Place edited by Lea Graham and published by Mad Hat Press. This episode of the LCLC podcast includes two snippets from Anania's Brown Hotel reading. The first is the sonorous conclusion of "On The Conditions of Place,” the poem Michael selected to start his reading and the second features what for me was a real highlight of the night, the poem "Tin Tin Deo.” This episode will be of special interest to fans of contemporary poetry and poetics (with extended discussion of Frank O'Hara, T. S. Eliot, Yvor Winters).

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