Jason Olsen: “I currently live with my wife and dog in Price, Utah, where I teach writing and literature at Utah State University-College of Eastern Utah. This poem isn’t specifically traced to any real ‘best friend’ (though I’ve insinuated as much to two close friends) and is a comic riff on reality vs. fantasy. I think the repetition toward the end of the poem works well to emphasize the comic element, but the tragedy is still center stage. In fact, I repeat the words ‘tragedy’ and ‘tragic’ in an effort to ask the question: can something be tragic if the speaker is constantly trying to remind himself of how tragic it ought be?”
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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