Sarah McKinstry-Brown: “I’ve wanted to see my work printed on Rattle’s pages ever since I read my first Bob Hicok poem, ‘Elegy,’ in the journal (circa 2003). Hicok’s poem was written in one long stanza with these incredible line breaks, and reading the poem felt a lot like driving along California’s infamous costal highway 101. At night. In dense fog. I know because I’ve driven that highway before under those conditions, my hands at ten and two, gripping the wheel, praying the whole way. I guess that’s how I feel a lot of the time when I’m writing anything that’s worth a damn—it feels dangerous, but I know I have to do it if I want to stay alive and find my way back home.” (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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