J.M. Francheteau: “I came across the strange headline that a man has been allowed by a judge to move out of his mother’s house. Reading the story, and other coverage of attempted Reagan assassin John Hinckley’s gradual release from institutionalized care after over three decades, made me think about the ramifications of allowing someone to live for a crime that would’ve merited execution in any other era–and what it means to go further, and let them actually live. Hinckley is essentially being judged on his ability to act like a legal idea of a sane person, and failure means return to prison, likely for good.” (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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