David Kirby: “A lot of my poems are braids I make of found materials; my contribution is to figure out what the different parts have in common and then unite them tonally. In this case, there are three threads. My barber told me the cowboy story. The one about the English schoolboys was told to a class by a student who’d read it somewhere. But I no longer remember where I encountered the story set in the cemetery, the one that begins and ends the poem. Oh, and this braid is drenched in the bittersweet hues of the great Jack Gilbert; I fell hard for him just before I began writing this.” (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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