New York Poets - Are They Different?

Sunday, September 15, 1968

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

William Packard moderates. He introduces the discussion program on New York poets, an extension of a course offered at New York University this fall, he names many poets who are involved in the course.

He opens by reading a few lines from Hart Crane's "The Bridge."

Packard goes on to discuss regionalism in poetry and questions if it can exist in New York City.

The panel includes Stephen Stepanchev, who speaks about his feelings about being in the city, being on an island, and the symbolism of the bridges in the city.
Norman Rosten talks about the search for a geography and finding an identity in New York. He talks about the feeling of never seeing the same face twice.

They discuss their feelings on bucolic poetry as related to living in an urban environment.

Neither Stepanchev or Rosten live in Manhattan, Stepanchev is in Brooklyn and Rosten is in Queens. They talk about the differences of these areas to "the City."
They also discuss where they are from and the act of "becoming a New York poet."
They reflect on the architecture of the city and how it reflects the personality.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72292
Municipal archives id: T5573


William Packard, Norman Rosten and Stephen Stepanchev


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