Audio Files For Lynch, Thomas

  • Interview with Tom Lynch - Tom Lynch speaks of his current works, including a book on Ireland, which is part cultural study, part memoire, and part personal history. He talks about how writing poetry can turn into writing a book of poems, and how writing a collection of essays can change into creating a book of essays.

  • Interview with Tom Lynch - Lynch talks about poetry as ritual, and compares it to funerals as a way of explaining how poetry aids him as an undertaker.

  • Interview with Tom Lynch - When questioned about the accesibility or "hospitality" of poems, Lynch expresses that most people like that poetry is being written, as long as they don't have to read it. He says that he is appreciative of poetry that draws new readers (such as the works of Billy Collins) because they may go from there to read his works, or someone else's. To Lynch, it is most important that his poetry is read and that his voice is heard.

  • Interview with Tom Lynch - In this segment of the interview, Lynch talks about style. The interviewer discusses her techniques for teaching poetry to undergraduates and graduates, and Lynch gives his opions on the subject.

  • Interview with Tom Lynch - In this segment of the interview, Lynch talks about how writers aren't tied to a geographical area (so called small-town writers), and that placing adjectives as labels on a writer takes the focus away from his or her works. He says that writing isn't exclusive; that poets are always poets/something else, because people have the capacity to do more than just one thing.

  • Interview with Tom Lynch - Continuing the interview, Lynch starts off speaking of the abundance of good writers in Michigan and relates Michigan to Ireland in terms of isolation due to being surrounded by water. He talks about the difference between writing in Ireland and writing in Michigan as being due to the sense that writing in Michigan is taking time away from "real work" while writing *is* the real work in Ireland, and is treated as such.

  • Tom Lynch Gives a Poetry Reading - Lynch reads a poem containing brilliant imagry of autumn and a single moment of time.

  • Tom Lynch Gives a Poetry Reading - Lynch reads a poem about his son's housecat, and his own desire to see it dead.

  • Tom Lynch Gives a Poetry Reading - Lynch reads a poem that speaks of the heart, of love, and of poetry.