A Public Sphere for Poetry, Politics, and Nature
I first met and became acquainted with the work of Charles Harper Webb more than 15 years ago, and I think of him as one of our essential Southern California writers. I’m thrilled that he took the time to give us a look into his writing life.
Who has been a major influence on your writing?
I’ve had a lot of influences, so I apologize to those I’m leaving out. That being said . . .
My parents—both avid readers and language aficionados—made me aware early of the power and pleasure of words. Both of them spoke well, and were very witty. Humor, both verbal and physical, had a strong presence in the house where I grew up. My mother, a librarian, kept me well-supplied with books.
My earliest literary influences weren’t poets. Twain, Dickens, and Dostoyevsky were among the first non-children’s authors that knocked me out. Other than children’s poems recited…
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