Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 - Poet Charles Harper Webb
Wednesday at 2:30 my guest is poet Charles Harper Webb, whose humor and humanity arrives in powerful short poems about, among other topics, the death of Santa, overlooked Old Testament heroes, his hair, a vindictive prayer for the man who mugged his elderly father and the extinction of myriad animal species: “One by one, like actors after a play that ran for years and wowed the world, they link their hands and bow before the curtain falls.” Charles Harper Webb is the award-winning author of numerous books, now organized in a new collection with additional newer poems, Shadow Ball. He is professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, where he directs the MFA in creative writing program when he is not being one of the most reliably funny, smart, idiomatic and sly writers of contemporary American poetry. Cheer yourself up. Listen to this poet, live or archived for 90 days on the KPFK website. Happy New Year, okay?