Gerald Locklin discusses his formative experiences, beginning with his childhood in Rochester, New York during World War II. Interview conducted on August 22, 2008 by Mark Laurila.
Gerald Locklin discusses notions of inspiration in writing and the need for a practical writing process. He reflects on his friend Charles Bukowski and the drawbacks of writing under the influence. And he explains that poetry “is the music of language.” Interview conducted on August 22, 2008 by Mark Laurila.
Locklin insists on the need not to impose any limitations on either discourse or subject matter in poetry. He discusses the use of Humor in his work and reflects on the use of poetic forms vs free verse. Interview conducted August 22, 2008 by Mark Laurila.
In this final section, Locklin discusses the Stand Up Poetry movement and poet Edward Field’s characterization of his work as a “defense of the male spirit.” In an Epilogue, Locklin reads his poem “Send in the Idiot.” Interview conducted August 22, 2008 by Mark Laurila.