OH 438-05: Jack Waller is a Montanan poet who met Ed Lahey through the literary community and become close friends with Lahey. 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.
Ed Lahey, Poetry, Literature
Ed Lahey Oral History Project OH-438, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 sound file (68:48 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (11 p. : 28 cm.)
oh 438-05.mp3; OH438-005.pdf
Waller, Jack, "Jack Waller interview" (2013). Ed Lahey Oral History Project. 4.