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Novelist, short story writer, philosopher, theologian, and professor of humanities and foreign languages, Harold Raley has taught and lectured in American and foreign universities. He has served as academic chair and dean and was named Distinguished Professor. His writings include sixteen books of fiction, philosophy, history, theology, collected journalistic columns, and dozens of academic studies.

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A Southerner by birth and thematically by choice, Raley excels in stories and myths of the South and Southwest. All Rights Reserved. He speaks to us about his last moments. Curtis Fox: So here we have a graphic poem about a suicide, where as soon as he pulls the trigger he regrets it. Curtis Fox: Which makes you wonder: why did poems like this catch the popular attention in ? Curtis Fox: Like earlier readers, Matt Rasmussen was drawn to the frank morbidity of Spoon River when he came upon it in his high school library. Matt Rasmussen: In my own life, my brother committed suicide when he was So those are the poems I gravitate towards, the darker ones.

Herbert Russell: Nelly Clark is first a victim of rape and then later on a victim of town gossips. One of the most damaging lines I think in all of Spoon River:. Matt Rasmussen: It takes a personal tragedy but opens it up into a larger community. Kathleen Rooney: Charlie who was the big boy was clearly to blame. But then his mother protects him.

Then the town, as still often happens in cases, chooses to blame the victim.

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Pretty much the entire town is implicated. Matt Rasmussen: This community turns their back on her, and essentially kills her. Curtis Fox: With subject matter like this, there are at least two things about the creation of Spoon River that are mind blowing. The first is that nearly all the characters in the book are based on real people, many from the two Illinois towns where Masters grew up. Herbert Russell: He also mixed in stories from Illinois history and the court cases he had seen in Chicago.

Herbert Russell: He knew he had escapes the laws of liable, but still when Spoon River came back to Petersburg in Lewiston Illinois after , the people knew who they were. They knew who was described. They were literary chip on the shoulder. He sent these to Reedy and said here, is this realistic enough for you? Curtis Fox: Masters wrote most of these poems in about ten months, while also working long hours at his law firm. Even before they were collected in a book, the poems caused a sensation in literary circles for their technique as much as anything.

Remember, Masters was writing these poems in and early , shortly before T.

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Herbert Russell: The Spoon River poems are arranged as free verse. They do not fall into any kind of recognizable poetic form. Kathleen Rooney: One of the things I loved about it when I was younger, and continue to love, is the way it mixes genres. But then also working almost like a novel. You can get the story of this entire town. Matt Rasmussen: I remember reading one poem and seeing a name referenced, and then looking in the table of contents and flipping to that poem, then reading about that person and being led to something else.

Kathleen Rooney: Almost like a text-based video game or a choose your own adventure.

Douglas Unger: And formally what he did is he wrote a cycle of poems in which more is happening in the white space between the poems than actually happens in the poems. Herbert Russell: Minerva Jones is the village poet. This poem is about rape and abortion, but those words never appear. She might not put it that way. I think he was trying to write it as she might have chosen to represent that experience.

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If anything, you do it indirectly. Matt Rasmussen: She dies from it. I think the image she presents in the poem is incredible. Herbert Russell: We hear later on about the man who impregnated Minerva Jones. We hear more about the Doctors in Spoon River. Herbert Russell: Dr.

But she condemns him pretty much unequivocally. Herbert Russell: Mrs. Then between them, the reader imagines the story and begins to put together the story of the interrelationship of the whole town. The book is visionary in that way. Herbert Russell: This is one reason that the book is so interesting, that the characters gossip about each other through these epitaphs, so you have an interrelatedness of these characters. Herbert Russell: Knowlt Hoheimer deals with a type of soldier that is universal; the kid from the country, or in this case the other settings, the inner city.

But he becomes canon fodder for his country. Douglas Unger: When you say for my country, what does it mean? To have died for your country? And clearly Knowlt Hoheimer is asking that question at a time when it was very controversial to ask it. The United States was furiously debating whether or not to send troops over there. Herbert Russell: If you were going to make a movie of Spoon River Anthology and you needed a central person to tie it together, my nomination would be Thomas Rhodes.

I think in Masters time he would be recalling John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegies and J. Morgans of the previous century. Herbert Russell: Thomas Rhodes is self-sufficient.


He has risen above the village in life. He is so perfect. Douglas Unger: The thing about Rhodes is he never questions his equisitive values ever, not even beyond the grave. Curtis Fox: The characters in Spoon River are not all bad or tragic. We meet some admirable spirits later in the book. One that stands out is based on Masters paternal grandmother.

Herbert Russell: In this poem, he shows his grandmother simply going through life being happy with what has come her way.