Merrill, Greece, Poetics: A Conversation with Stephen Yenser

Occasional Papers 12 (September 2016)

This year marks the 90th anniversary of James Merrill’s birth on 3 March. It is also the year that the first biography of Merrill appeared, written by Langdon Hammer and published by Alfred Knopf.Occasional Papers hosts a commissioned discussion between Stathis Gourgouris and his first poetry teacher Stephen Yenser on the poetry of Merrill, the significance of Merrill’s relation to Greece, as well as the art of poetry and poetics in general. The conversation took place at UCLA on April 19, 2016.