OH 438-04: David Thomas, Missoula poet, recounts his friendship and writing relationship with Ed Lahey. As a student at the University of Montana, Thomas begins to become familiarized with writing and Lahey's poetry. Although initially seeking military employment as a student member of ROTC, Thomas becomes involved in Vietnam War protests, civil rights protests, and other demonstrations, and decides against a military career. He describes meeting those who would become his friends as he becomes more of a part of the “radical fringe.” Thomas recounts the first encounters with Lahey, their mutual friends, and the friendship that developed years later. Thomas discusses the Missoula writing scene, including the Garden City Reading Series and other projects he participated in. Thomas describes his writing career. Thomas talks about Lahey's work, and some of his own. Thomas describes Lahey's intense personality as well as his generosity and support, both as a friend and a writer.
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 (35:01 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (8 p. : 28 cm.)
oh 438-04.mp3; OH438-004.pdf
Thomas, David, "David Thomas interview" (2012). Ed Lahey Oral History Project. 5.