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John Ciardi: Save America's Treasures Selection

Poetry

Interviewed by: Robert Wilson, David Ray

Catalog Number: 20130524

This month's Save America's Treasures Archive selection.

There's no better poet to hear around Memorial Day than the late John Ciardi (1916-1986), a WWII gunner for the Army Air Force.  The author of more than 35 books, Ciardi was also the long-time poetry editor of The Saturday Review and host of National Public Radio's "A Word in Your Ear," but he got his start at the University of Kansas City in 1940, teaching and working on the University Review, which became New Letters magazine.  This show features excerpts from a 1983 reading in which Ciardi shares both poems about war and poems for children, and a 1984 interview with then New Letters editor, David Ray.  His related books include Saipan: The War Diary of John Ciardi,The Divine Comedyand You Read to Me, I'll Read to You.  Also of interest, The Collected Poems of John Ciardi andJohn Ciardi A Biography by Edward Cifelli.

| Subject Matter: War, Children, Elegy | Interview Year: 1983, 1984 | Genre: Poetry |

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