Week of Sept. 7, 2005 | Anthony Hecht

Anthony Hecht, the Pulitzer Prize winning poet, died on October 20, 2004 . I had the rare opportunity to meet and interview Mr. Hecht shortly before his death in July 2004 at The Sewanee Writer’s Conference. 

Mr. Hecht was a gracious man, and he had one of the most beautiful reading voices I have ever heard. I asked him to read four of his poems for the interview, and you are about to hear them, as well as some wonderful things he had to say about poetry and his family. 

Anthony Hecht was born in New York City in 1923. His collection of poems THE HARD HOURS, published in 1967, won the Pulitzer Prize. He received the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Loines Award, the Librex-Guggenheim Eugenio Montale Award, and the Harriet Monroe Poetry Award, and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the American Academy in Rome, the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was awarded the Robert Frost Medal in 2000. 

Mr. Hecht's COLLECTED LATER POEMS was published in 2003 by Knopf. MELODIES UNHEARD, essays on the mysteries of poetry, was published by Johns Hopkins Press in 2003.

I believe this is the last recorded interview with Mr. Hecht. I hope you enjoy it.

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