In conversation with Sylvia Boorstein
Peter Dale Scott’s poems have been praised by Robert Hass, Thom Gunn, and Robert Pinsky; and in 2002 he won the Lannan Poetry Award. His eighth book of poems, Walking on Darkness, looks back on six decades of experiences as a confused student in Paris, a diplomat in Poland, Vienna and New York, a professor of English at UC Berkeley in the tumultuous sixties, and after retirement a tutor in Buddhist Thailand -- all of the poems in search of “this oxymoron/ the meaning of life".
Peter Dale Scott is a former Canadian diplomat and Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to numerous volumes of poetry, including Coming to Jakarta: A Poem about Terror, his books include The American Deep State: Wall Street, Big Oil, and the Attack on U.S Democracy and Tilting Point.
Praise for Peter Dale Scott
"Coming to Jakarta is the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time." - Robert Hass
" Peter Dale Scott's work] extends the scope of poetry, reclaiming some of the ground lost since Dryden, lost even since Pound. . . . A true invention, it should be of interest to all who read poetry." --Thom Gunn