Host(s): William Heyen and Gergory Fitzgerald
Tape order number: VF-12
Visit Date: October 23, 1969
Length: 30 minutes
Brief Summary: Kinnell talks about the creative process, his use of metaphor and imagery, how a poem takes its own direction, how it can become a personal myth, how writing is self-exploration, and how that is tied to his own personal philosophy of being "one with the cosmos." He discusses aesthetics, talks about what makes a good war poem, and briefly talks about the audience for and the role of poetry in social issues.