November 15, 2009
"Like all art, most poetry is awful," says Jim McCrary, referring as much to his own work as anyone else's. "The Poet's Corner in the newspaper. You know what I mean." He divulges that reading his own poems often causes feelings of insecurity and embarrassment. His voice, permanently hoarse from a "frozen" vocal cord, can be problematic at readings. Yet McCrary, now 68, has been actively writing, publishing and reading poetry for over 40 years.