This interview, featured on the Prairie Schooner Blog, is the first in the Crooked Letter Interview Series hosted by Prairie Schooner’s Southern Correspondent, James Madison Redd. On August 15th 2012 he met with poet Derrick Harriell, Professor of Creative Writing and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. The following is a brief excerpt from their meeting in the John D. Williams Library’s Blues Archive, one week after Harriell’s move from Milwaukee to Oxford. They discussed music, religion, and performance, and their relation to poetry.
Redd considers Margaret Mitchell‘s Gone With the Wind which has faced much praise and criticism since its inception. Even though it won the Pulitzer Prize, literary critics have seen it as fodder for numerous issues, including overt racism. Redd tries hard to find a reason to read this novel in this month’s edition of the Prairie Schooner‘s Briefly Noted series. Check it out to see how he managed to finish reading this monstrous work: