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"I’d Rather Break Your Heart: A Tribute to Poet James Tate"

With Matthew Zapruder, Nikki Wallschlaeger, Dorothea Lasky and Jaswinder Bolina for 2020 AWP Conference & Bookfair in San Antonio, TX.

“I love my funny poems, but I’d rather break your heart. And if I can do both in the same poem, that’s the best.” —James Tate, 1943-2015. Five poets read and explore the work, life, and craft of James Tate, whose funny, heartbreaking, and chilling poems thwarted expectations of what poetry is and does. As Tate’s distinctive style made imitation impossible and even embarrassing, our panelist discuss the influence of one of America’s most celebrated surrealists on their widely diverse styles.