Former Alaska Poet Laureate Tom Sexton reads from "Bridge Street at Dusk"

2012-07-26 by

From Loom Press on ‘Bridge Street at Dusk’:

“In ‘Bridge Street at Dusk, Tom Sexton returns to a place he never really left, the city that does not change and always changes. He sees the city in the distinctive subtle light to which a native is attuned, a light all the more complex for being seen by one who has been long away.

n the American West, Sexton is praised as a poet of nature and wild landscapes. In the East, he is known for his poems about his response to the urban ethnic mosaic of a rusted and dented post-industrial America, the flip side of what Jefferson imagined for an ideal agrarian society.

Here, Sexton shows us how the country fits together when he tells us about the blue heron in the grass near the remains of a riverside factory. He tells us about different kinds of pioneers, the ones who carried lunch pails and gave nickels to build the big stone churches that are now closing one by one. Every so often, he comes back to check the property on behalf of those who cannot walk the path or write the news. This is the latest report.”

This podcast was recorded at the UAA Campus Bookstore on Monday, July 23, 2012.

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