“This distinct lived vernacular of New Orleans is poetic. It just is. I used to resent the mythologizing of my hometown, but its history is epic and felt in the present. I see why people want and need it as a totem,” says Kevin Simmonds in James Redd’s interview with the New Orleans poet, editor, and musician. Check out the full interview here.
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.
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