Edward Foster

Edward Foster wears many hats. He's the editor of Talisman, one of the leading U.S. poetry magazines. His critical works include
studies of William Saroyan, the Beats, Jack Spicer, and a memoir of his friendship with the poet Ted Berrigan. He's the publisher of Talisman House Books and has edited or co-edited the anthologies Postmodern Poetry: The Talisman Interviews and Primary
. He is a controversialist whose essay "Poetry Has Nothing To Do With Politics" startled many with its insistence that poetry "precedes intention, choice, and dialogue." His own poetry--romantic, grand, picaresque--marvelously moves between personal and world history with painful honesty and hard-won ease.
March 14, 1997