Karthik Purushothaman: “Wary as I am of its extended metaphor, I write this poem in reaction to a disturbing video posted yesterday morning by Al Jazeera, filmed during an airstrike taking place at a children’s hospital in Eastern Aleppo. Owing to Hollywood’s long-time lifelike depiction of loss of lives and trauma in conflict areas, I find myself immensely desensitized to the realities of such violence. Al Jazeera’s frontline video, however, wrenched me out of my numbness, and I shed tears for news on destruction for the first time in many years.” (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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