Ralph Black, Thom Metzger
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Alan Michael Parker, a poet, novelist, and professor of English at Davidson College, whose poems have appeared in such publications as The Yale Review, The American Poetry Review, and The New Yorker. He begins the interview by reading his poem “The Work”. He goes on to discuss his early poetic influences, such as his own mother and the array of books she kept in his house when he was young, including books by poets such as Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Carl Sandberg, and Robert Frost. Other early influences include professors from his undergraduate studies, as well as popular culture and commercialism. In the interview, Parker touches on how empty space and the “unsaid” is important in poetry, and discusses how the imagery of male power in his work is a rhetoric device. The interview concludes with the last poem in his collection Love Songs, titled “Wheel, O Wheel.”
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Parker, Alan Michael, "Alan Michael Parker" (2004). Writers Forum Videos. Video 2.