Benjamin A. Saenz, El Paso Poet
Interview on Centrum
An Interview With Copper Canyon Poet Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Interviewer Farid Matuk, a Austin poet and freelance writer:
"I was born in 1954. My parents were not educated and our circumstances were humble, to say the least. Not one house I ever entered while I was growing up had libraries or books. Everyone worked hard, lived from paycheck to paycheck, had too many kids, too many debts, drove cars that were always breaking down. Needless to say, I do not have the same background as a W.H. Auden or a T.S. Eliot. This is not to say that I was not surrounded by civil and intelligent people."