Harvey Shapiro is a graduate of Yale and of Columbia. A gunner in a B-17 during the World War II, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak-leaf clusters. He was editor of the New York Times Book Review from 1975 to 1983 and is now senior editor of the New York Times Magazine. His most recent poetry volumes include Selected Poems, A Day’s Portion, The Light Holds, and National Cold Storage Company.
Jun 01 1998
An Interview with Harvey Shapiro
Interviewer: What have you found the hardest thing about being a poet?
Shapiro: I suppose the hardest thing about being a poet in America is the unreality of what you do. You spend most of your creative time doing something that society for the most part has no use for.