Host(s): Gregory Fitzgerald and William Heyen
Tape order number: VF-16-1
Visit Date: March 5, 1970
Length: 30 minutes
Brief Summary: Justice is concerned with the form of poetry and says that the forms he uses often make themselves up as he writes. He strives for an impersonal voice, and seeks unity within individual poems more than in collections of poems. Justice notices a resurgence of political themes and morality in the poetry of the late 1960s, and says that the ethos of the poet naturally becomes part of a poem through the images chosen.
I restrain myself somewhat when writing . . . One of the means I try to use to do so is to leave things out, not to say certain things . . .
-- Donald Justice