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August 08, 2011


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Daniela Masaro

Great interview! I agree with Wally Lamb when he says the inability to forgive is like a prison. I feel forgiveness does not erase the wrong that has been done, but releases you from the anger,resentment and other negative emotions which prevent you from moving forward. A good lesson.


His publication journey took nine years to write the novel, The Hour I first Believed. The title was the first thing that he thought of as he listened to the song, Amazing Grace sung by Emmy Lou Harris.


I was also interested to learn that it took him nine years to write the novel. It gives hope to those of us writers who take our time. : )


I was interesting to hear how much music played a part in the development of this book; from the name all the way to the end. Also that Wally Lamb put together a "mixed tape" of all the songs that contibuted.

Katie P.

I really enjoyed hearing about how his work at the prison contributed to his writing - even to the point that he presented his own work to his class and they helped him to develop it. Very cool!

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In the following poem, take a look at the interesting structure. One of the most interesting things to notice is the last two lines. As he is talking about being left alone with "her", he simply ends the poem on the word "her". It's a one-word line not because of constraints in the meter, but perhaps to show how alone he can be with her. It's a good example of how structure can add layers to a poem well beyond the words.

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