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Published on Mar 31, 2017
In this 2002 edition of HoCoPoLitSo’s The Writing Life, poet Henry Taylor speaks with poet and biographer Daniel Mark Epstein. Epstein, who had written seven books of poetry by 2002, is also the biographer of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Nat King Cole and Aimee Temple McPherson. A “strong narrative line” runs through both his poetry and his biographies, he says: “I love a good story.” Epstein enjoyed finding facets of his charismatic subjects, such as Millay’s overwrought letters to her lovers, but honest and confident letters to her mother and sister, and her troubles with thoroughbred racehorses and money. They also speak about Millay’s formalism in her poetry. Epstein reads his own poems “Bobolink,” “Cataract,” “The Lion Tamer at 2:00 a.m.,” and “Collection.” For more information about HoCoPoLitSo’s live or recorded works, or to donate to their production, visit www.hocopolitso.org.