The Art of Poetry XXXI: James Merrill

McClatchy, J. D.
June 1982
Paris Review;Summer82, Issue 84, p184
Presents an interview with poet James Merrill. He discusses having lived in Greece for a period and his subsequent return to the United States. Among a number of subjects Merrill describes writing poetry based on Ouija board messages, the paucity of inspiration derived from alcohol and the impact of cannabis on his eyes. He also discusses the use of the occult in poetry and his lack of belief in organized religion. Merrill states that his poetry has no political content and voices a disdain for public life.


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