In this episode, John Koethe, award-winning author of four books of poetry including The Swimmer (2016), talks with Editor at Large Andrew Grace about balancing a dual career as poet and philosopher, the best times of year to write a poem, eating dinner with John Ashbery and Frank O’Hara, and the advantages of having a job NOT related to poetry. Do tune in.
John Koethe’s latest book, The Swimmer, was recently published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His previous books include North Point North: New and Selected Poems (2002), Ninety-fifth Street (2009), which received the Lenore Marshall Award, and ROTC Kills (2012).
Andrew Grace’s books of poetry include A Belonging Field (Salt Publishing, 2001), Shadeland (Ohio State University Press, 2008) and Sancta (Ahsahta Press, 2012). His poems have appeared in Poetry, Boston Review, Iowa Review, TriQuarterly and Prairie Schooner. He has been a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford and the winner of an Academy of American Poets prize.