George Stavros: On "Gay Chaps at the Bar"
Q. Let me ask you about some of your poems that are in specific forms, however—sonnets . . . .
A. I like to refer to that series of soldier sonnets.
Q. "Gay Chaps at the Bar."
A. A sonnet series in off-rhyme, because I felt it was an off-rhyme situation—I did think of that. I first wrote the one sonnet, without thinking of extensions. I wrote it because of a letter I got from a soldier who included that title in what he was telling me; and then I said, there are other things to say about what's going on at the front and all, and I'll write more poems, some of them based on the stuff of letters that I was getting from several soldiers, and I felt it would be good to have them all in the same form, because it would serve my purposes throughout.
from "An Interview with Gwendolyn Brooks" in Contemporary Literature 11:1 (Winter 1970).
|Title||George Stavros: On "Gay Chaps at the Bar"||Type of Content||Criticism|
|Criticism Author||George Stavros||Criticism Target||Gwendolyn Brooks|
|Criticism Type||Poet||Originally Posted||24 Sep 2014|
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