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Index: Audio Archive

An Aural Triptych.

Daragh Breen: ‘Death had saddled
it with a weight
of stars, a strange leadenness’

‘Contra Mortem’ and ‘Journey to a Known Place’.

Stephen Wiest: ‘Publishing mostly with small presses, and avoiding academia until he was almost 60, his concerns for the poor, rural life, inequality and loneliness became the central subjects of his work. Well regarded for technical mastery of the many forms and modes of his poetry, and never settling on a particular voice, he called his style “miscellaneous”.’

‘Easter in Pittsburgh’ and other poems.

This recording is one of several made by poet Stephen Wiest and Denis Boyles in 1967 on a recording tour that also included sessions with Hayden Carruth, Paul Zimmer and Elliott Coleman.