The poet James Tate, no stranger to myriad other worlds, has announced he will join us for Yet Another World, the 30th annual Seminar next January 5-8, 2012. This is no joke, though April Fool’s Day is an ideal one for adding a poet who has baffled and enchanted readers for more than 40 years.
The National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winner’s most recent book is The Ghost Soldiers. You can listen to Tate’s reading from the 2003 Seminar in our audio archives and read poet Stuart Krimko’s analysis of Tate’s reading of “The Cowboy” at the 2010 Seminar.
Someone had spread an elaborate rumor about me, that I was
in possession of an extraterrestrial being, and I thought I knew who
it was. It was Roger Lawson. Roger was a practical joker of the
worst sort, and up till now I had not been one of his victims, so
I kind of knew my time had come. People parked in front of my
house for hours and took pictures. I had to draw all my blinds
and only went out when I had to. Then there was a barrage of
questions. “What does he look like?” “What do you feed him?” “How
did you capture him?” And I simply denied the presence of an
extraterrestrial in my house. And, of course, this excited them
all the more.….click for full poem