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Kleinzahler's answers to SPL questions, August 2004:
An old favourite: Old favorites, gee . . . Moby-Dick, Isaac Babel's stories. I could go on. I seem to respond to closely written texts, sentence by sentence, where I can taste the language, experience the musculature of the syntax. When beginning to write poetry I was, simultaneously, affected deeply by the poetry of Keats and Kenneth Rexroth's translations from the Chinese and Japanese traditional poets. The largest influence on my poetry as an adult has probably been Basil Bunting's poetry. I also had the great good fortune to study with Bunting for a year at the University of Victoria in British Columbia..
A new favourite: Anything by the Italian writer Aldo Buzzi, who writes a sort of lyrical non-fiction I admire. I read little fiction but I devour anything by the British novelist James Buchan. I've liked a couple of John Banville's novels immensely. I admire the poetry of Michael O'Brien a great deal, an American poet who lives in NY and whose work is difficult to find. He has an out of print collection from Zoland Books entitled Sills, should one want to hunt around on the Internet.
A current interest: I have, these past few years, been intrigued with 15th and 16th century maps, both as objects of art and as conceptions of place, of the outer world. I'm not sure where I'll go with all that.