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Uploaded on Jun 15, 2011
Poet Elaine Terranova speaks about her development as a poet and about her book, Not To: New and Selected Poems (2006). She notes that her work is influenced by Eastern philosophy and religion as well as the Bible and observes that death, memory, and a fascination with various fears are also important shaping influences. Terranova reads and comments on several poems, including "In a Couple," "In the Home," "Betrothal at the Well," and "Feral Girl Found in a Suburban Home." Speaking of her creative process, Terranova observes that sometimes words in a poem suggest themselves to her and that she often finds inspiration in news stories. She emphasizes the value of studying the craft of poetry writing and the value of reading, noting that she reads one to two novels a week.