Andrew Kane: “I spent much of 2019 listening to The Roches, especially their eponymous 1979 debut, which includes the song ‘Damned Old Dog.’ This poem is my response to that song’s central refrain, ‘Do I want to be a dog?’ and an exploration of what it would mean to both be a dog and to be a person who takes on the mantle of a dog’s life, which is to say, to be a person actively palpating the vastness and the limitations of their own empathy. (There is, too, a healthy dose of Thomas Nagel’s ‘What Is It Like to Be a Bat?’ which was collected, also in 1979, in his book, Mortal Questions.) Above all, though, this is in fact a poem about dogs.” (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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