The Wild And Timeless Poet with Thomas Rain Crowe

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“You don’t need to go looking for answers. Probably the best way to find them is to stop looking for them, in the sense of being still and being in one place.” These words from Thomas Rain Crowe come straight from his own experience. After following the poet’s path through Ireland, France, and the beat neighborhoods of San Francisco, he found a different rhythm and a different muse in the Appalachian woods of North Carolina. He spent four years living in the shadows of Thoreau and wizened moonshiners, and found unexpected answers in the simple rhythms and sounds of nature. He discovered his own self-sufficiency, a deep and familial relationship with wildlife, and an ability to allow inspiration to speak through him in ways his cognitive mind never could. In his readings, Mr. Crowe’s poetry demonstrates a rare blend of intuition and groundedness, a Zen quality that shines through the simple words of a mountain man. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Thomas Rain Crowe is a poet, translator, editor, publisher, recording artist, and author of twelve books of original and translated works. He was editor of Beatitude magazine and press, cofounder and director of the San Francisco International Poetry Festival, and founder of New Native Press and Fern Hill Records.

His books include:

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How poetry can stir your soul
  • Why living on nature's time teaches things you can never learn on conventional time
  • How wild animals respond to and reflect your emotions
  • How your primal instincts can be renewed when the only voices you hear are wild ones
  • What is the value in tempering inspiration with reality
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 4/15/2006      Program Number: 3143