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with Matthew Zapruder

The last thing that made you smile

When the front door opened and my two year old son who I was holding in my arms enthusiastically and quite surprisingly said, Konichiwa! to a bunch of people who are not Japanese.

A secret

I have no idea how to write poetry.

The last thing you wrote

A poem called “When I was Fifteen” and a short talk called “An Address to the Oakland Rotarians,” that I delivered at a luncheon of the anachronistic and lovely Oakland Rotary Club.

Your favourite city

Washington, D.C., where I was born. It’s such a hateful place in so many ways. But it’s beautiful and eerie. And it produced Dischord Records.

What you’d place in a time capsule

A recording of Vic Chesnutt’s “In My Way, Yes.”

Matthew Zapruder is the author of four books of poetry and Why Poetry, a book of prose about poetry, from Ecco/Harper Collins in August 2017. An Associate Professor in the MFA at Saint Mary’s College of California, he is also Editor at Large at Wave Books. He lives in Oakland, CA.