WordTemple host Katherine Hastings carries on an annual December tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, we can always celebrate the great Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas, reading his short story, A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Following Thomas, Hastings interviews Marin County poet Terry Lucas. Lucas reads from his first full-length collection, In This Room, talks about his press, Trio House, and his upcoming book Dharma Rain.
“There’s a dark and pungent biography half-hidden in these lines. There’s a boy who came to spend half a lifetime in fumbling foreplay with God, a clothing store clerk on Black Friday ushering you into the maw of America, … a man smitten with the geography of California…At the center of In This Room is a breath-taking sequence of poems, ‘The Gate,’ honoring the Golden Gate Bridge. At its rounding curve is a hilarious account of neighbors having a fight. Imagine the ghosts of Hart Crane and Larry Levis welcoming Terry Lucas to their fraternity.” — Alic