Connie and Allen begin the interview discussing Allen’s early labor through his youth, up to his job in marketing research. Connie then talks about how Allen’s background weaves into his poetry, specifically on the topic of Allen’s mother, Naomi. Connie requests that Allen read from the poem about his mother, “Kaddish,” and Allen reads. Connie then talks about Allen’s rhythmic poetry and its connections to life, death, and love. Allen disagrees with Connie on how poetry is taught academically, and discusses his own development of a poetic style and voice, specifically improvisation. They proceed to discuss some of Allen’s political activism and his aging state before moving on to talk about Jack Kerouac’s influence on Allen. Connie concludes the interview by requesting an autograph for her copy of the book and Ginsberg’s suggestion of a poetry book for children.