TITLE: Sam Hamill Reads His Poetry
SPEAKER: Sam Hamill
EVENT DATE: 1989/04/28
RUNNING TIME: 65 minutes
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Sam Hamill looks beyond the surface meaning of the words in this program. "What propels us through the poem is the emotion which gets expressed as rhythm," he tells a small group of students. "Precise emotion and precise words are needed in poetry." Hamill reads and discusses translations of ancient classical Asian poets.
Speaker Biography: Author of 13 volumes of poetry including "Dumb Luck," "Gratitude" and "Destination Zero: Poems 1970-1995," which won a Pushcart Prize, Sam Hamill also has three collections of essays and two dozen volumes translated from ancient Greek, Latin, Estonian, Japanese and Chinese, most recently, "Crossing the Yellow River: Three Hundred Poems from the Chinese," "Narrow Road to the Interior & Other Writings of Basho" and "The Essential Chuang." He is founding editor of Copper Canyon Press and director of the Port Townsend Writers' Conference. Hamill currently lives in Port Townsend, Wash.
SERIES: Poet Vision