Dave Margoshes: “I’ve been writing poems since I was 16 and actually thinking of them as poetry since my early twenties. I often mine my own life for poems—usually a bit askew, as in this poem, which I wrote on my birthday a few years ago, though I was thinking more about my father that day than about myself. My philosophy of poetics is pretty much along the line of Emily Dickinson’s famous assertion that real poetry is something that knocks your head off. I won’t claim that this poem reaches that high a bar, but that’s what I always shoot for.”
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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