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Anthony D'Amato: A Songsmith Schooled By A Master Poet

NPR | Aug. 30, 2014 9:33 a.m. | Updated: Aug. 30, 2014 2:56 p.m.

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Anthony D'Amato's latest album is The Shipwreck from the Shore.

Anthony D'Amato's latest album is The Shipwreck from the Shore.

Courtesy of the artist, Bianca Bourgeois

When Anthony D’Amato was a junior at Princeton, he slipped a home-burned CD under the door of a professor — not a professor of music, and certainly no record executive.

It was the door of Paul Muldoon, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, critic and poetry editor of The New Yorker, who began to work with D’Amato. Five years later, the student is on the music scene, winning praise for folk-rock songs that demonstrate a plain, sometimes flip poetry of their own.

D’Amato’s new album is called The Shipwreck from the Shore. He spoke about the process behind it with NPR’s Scott Simon; hear the conversation at the audio link.

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