Here it is! My exclusive interview with August Kleinzahler. If you aren’t familiar with this man, you soon will be.
Fighting jet lag from his recent trip to Birmingham, England, Augie sat down with The Sound Post for a midnight interview about his latest book, Music I-LXXIV. A collection of essays from his weekly column in the San Diego Reader and other publications, the New York Times praises the book, “The battered, roomy, intellectual charm of his poetry floods these music pieces; they’re offhanded and penetrating at the same time.”
In this Sound Post exclusive interview he discusses everything from the day he cut study hall and first tried his hand at poetry, to his hatred of iPods. This lighthearted interview really captures the man behind the words.
Augie won the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. He has published ten poetry books, including “Sleeping It Off in Rapid City”, which the Times calls “one of the decades best collections.” Music I-LXXIV is his first venture outside of the genre. His essays range from 2-10 pages in length and are full of hilarity, history, and at times, downright absurdity. It represents the perfect bathroom or bedside read for musicians. And at the least, you will come out with a new list of recording to hear – and some to avoid (San Francisco Chronicle).
For more information about August Kleinzahler, explore the links below!
Poets.org profile, including extended professional biography
New York Times review of Music I-LXXIV
San Francisco Chronicle review
Purchase Music I-LXXIV