The Book That Changed My Life
Hayden Carruth was a National Book Award Poetry Finalist in 1974 for From Snow and Rock, From Chaos and again for Collected Shorter Poems. He went on to receive the 1996 National Book Award for Poetry for Scrambled Eggs & Whiskey: Poems 1991-1995.
In response to your letter, hundreds of books have influenced my writing, and I don't mean superficially. Let's say, however, that the most important literary encounter for me was with W. B. Yeats when I first read his Collected Poems in about 1941. The books showed me that it's possible to be crazy and a poet too. What could be more encouraging?