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Poet Lloyd Van Brunt Discusses Growing Up Poor and White.

Poet Lloyd Van Brunt. He grew up poor and white in Oklahoma. He writes, in the The New York Times magazine section, "To be poor in a country that places a premium on wealth is in itself shameful. To be white and poor is unforgivable." (March 27, 1994). Van Brunt says poor whites have no defenders ("white trash" they are called) and they are made to feel ashamed of themselves because of the assumption that they "should" be able to make a success of themselves. Van Brunt's father abandoned the family, his mother died when he was 8. Van Brunt spent years in foster homes and orphanages where he was abused. Van Brunt has written several volumes of poetry. His latest is "Poems New and Selected 1962 - 1992," (The Smith, Brooklyn). He's currently working on his memoir, "I Fall in Love with Nancy Drew: Tales of Childhood."


Other segments from the episode on May 9, 1994

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, May 9, 1994: Interview with Lloyd Van Brunt; Interview with Stephen Sondheim.


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