Week of October 4th, 2004 | Anthony Hecht

Anthony Hecht was born in New York City in 1923. His collection of poems THE HARD HOURS, published in 1967, won the Pulitzer Prize. He has received the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Loines Award, the Librex-Guggenheim Eugenio Montale Award, and the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the American Academy in Rome, the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was awarded the Robert Frost Medal in 2000. A Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets, he lives in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Hecht's COLLECTED LATER POEMS was published in 2003 by Knopf. MELODIES UNHEARD, essays on the mysteries of poetry, was published by Johns Hopkins Press in 2003.

Spring Break, a new poem by Mr. Hecht, appeared in the September 13, 2004 issue of The New Yorker.

This interview took place at the Sewanee Writer's Conference in July, 2004. Mr. Hecht graciously agreed to read and discuss four of his poems. If you have not had the pleasure to hear Mr. Hecht's poetry you are in for a treat. This is the first poetry reading I have done, but more will follow. I hope you enjoy listening to this master poet. He is a national

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