A.J. Bradley: “This past week we learned Special Forces entered Syria, but the news in New York was overwhelmed by the closing of FAO Schwarz, the iconic toy store. The next day I found out a close friend of mine in the military will likely be redeployed, and his going back felt also oddly related to a CNN story of a man who took home the toy store’s huge plush Pegasus after it had been tossed-out on the street. Perhaps this is because all three events seemed to question, for me, the complex nature of what belongs to us or doesn’t (especially as Americans); what anyone has the right to take or not to take; and on a more intimate plane, why we innately are not very good at being grateful or appreciative for what we are given or already have, and if we can ever learn to be.” (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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