P.C. Vandall: “I wrote this poem in response to the article I read about circus elephants being retired and sent to an elephant sanctuary. When I was a kid my father took me to the circus and as a present bought me an elephant ride. Wild elephants won’t let humans ride on top of them. Their spines are not made to support the weight of humans. To tame a wild elephant, it’s spirit must be broken. My hope I guess is that the elephant I rode made it to a sanctuary and is living its days out in peace. I have the same hope for my father.” (website)
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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