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Author's Name

Calvin Forbes

Interviewer

Ralph Black, Edward Schelb

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The poet, Calvin Forbes, reads from his work the poems "Kindness" and "Mama's Boy". He discusses the influences of John Donne, metaphysical poetry, public libraries and music, especially jazz, on his work. The interview ends with a discussion of the structure of poetry, his interest in idiomatic speech, African American folklore and oral tradition.

Date of Forum

9-25-2003

Season

37

Length of Video

52:16

Document Type

Video

Calvin Forbes: poet

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