James Tate

Schneider: My friend Julia Wall, who is as smart as anyone I’ve ever known and a great writer, turned me on to James Tate years ago. She bought me his Selected Poems, which won the Pulitzer, I believe. It’s incredible, and some of the poems in that book are some of my favorite ever written. The amazing thing about Mr. Tate is he keeps getting better as he gets older, which is something for an artist that is rare. Check out any of his last few books and start there if you want, or read anything he’s written. It’s all good and different and funny and moving. One of the great poets, and he’s still hanging around doing it. Thank you, James Tate.