Esther Ra: “This poem emerged from a tense summer in which I spent long hours talking on the phone with my close male friends, most of whom were serving in the army for South Korea’s mandatory military service. It was also the first time in memory that my mother confessed that she was afraid of the Korean War. This poem is a response to North Korea’s recent demand that the US declare an end to the Korean War, amid expectations of Mike Pompeo’s fourth visit to the North. While I yearn for peace, the ongoing conflict, undercurrent of paranoia, and unending tragedy that remains in Korea remind me that the war is far from over.” (web)
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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