Christopher Crawford: “How gay is it to write poems? I like to make people uncomfortable with my poetry; I like to make myself uncomfortable. I like to use the truth to provoke, to handle strong themes in a contemporary manner. Once the opening stanza entered my mind from wherever these things come from, the rest of the poem came without too much trouble. I pinned ‘So Gay’ to the bathroom wall of my old apartment in Ho Chi Minh City in July 2010, perhaps it’s still there.” (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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