Anthony Okpunor: “As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic cuts across the globe, it is beyond a fact that the virus kills. In Italy, there are bodies piling up by the hour. The statement in the title of this poem was made by a state leader in Nigeria. It is funny how many Africans think religion is the answer to everything. At the moment better measures are being taken to prevent the outbreak of the virus in that region, and in all parts of the country. It would hurt no one if those measures were the first thing that came to mind.”
This week’s Rattlecast features 2008 Rattle Poetry Prize winner Joseph Fasano, plus open lines. Fasano is the author of four books of poetry and a recent novel, and is founder of the Poem for You series, a digital space offering recitations of listeners’ favorite poems by request. Tanner Stening also joins us to discuss the Overview Effect on Poets Respond Live.
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