Josh Bontrager: “I work construction and drive a late-’80s rust-cut Ford Ranger with an unlicensed decal rendering of Bill Watterson’s Calvin mischievously urinating on a Chevy symbol. The Ranger has some stories. I got some too. Here’s a story about working construction. Like carpentry, I see poetry as a craft. Sure I’m missing some of the poetic tools (pawned for dog food money or broken with ignorance), but I’ve learned to jury-rig houses, mobile homes, poems, and pick-up trucks. A few years back I started to call stanzas—then whole poems—‘word piles’ in an attempt to gain distance from the esoteric and move toward crafting concise, accessible, and hopefully meaningful narratives that can be enjoyed alike by bartenders, writers, brawlers, you and drywallers. Enjoy this word pile as you would a sandwich from the deli of your choosing.”
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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