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Days of Poetry and Punk Rock

“In the 1970s, the connection between poetry and rock & roll was utter. They were the same people. People who wrote poems were in bands. That didn’t happen again, it seemed to me, until the 90s.” That’s a quote from poet and GalleyCat reader, Eileen Myles.

Since her first 1974 reading at the punk rock mecca CBGB, Myles published more than 20 volumes of poetry, fiction, articles, plays, and libretti. GalleyCat caught up with Myles, talking about the recession and her historic experiences in New York City’s East Village.

The interview came during a poetry reading celebrating the release of “Poems from the Women’s Movement” anthology. GalleyCat also interviewed Erica Jong about the lack of publishing parity, poet Honor Moore about “male approval desire”, and beat poet Anne Waldman about preserving chapbooks in this digital age.

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