Jack Waller Interview, March 28, 2013


Jack Waller


Mark Gibbons



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Montana poet Jack Waller describes the evolution of his personal relationship with Lahey as well as his never-ending admiration for Lahey as a writer. Waller describes how appreciative he was to know Lahey as a friend and poet for many years. He then shares his memories of the gradual decline of Lahey’s mental health and how that made it difficult to maintain a friendship. Waller explains their similarities and differences in the art and highlights some of Lahey’s writing traits. Waller chronicles their relationship from 1991 until Lahey’s death. Waller’s many stories are an insight to Lahey’s strengths in the art as poetry as well as his complicated personal life.

Document Type

Oral History


Ed Lahey, Poetry, Literature

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Ed Lahey Oral History Project OH-438, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 438-005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (68:48 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (11 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

68:48 minutes

Local Filename

OH_438_005.mp3; OH_438_005.pdf

Jack Waller Interview, March 28, 2013