Nicole Homer: “The call for submissions for Poets Respond states, in part: ‘The deadline for each week is Friday at midnight …’ The impending deadline that pushes the poet to write is as cyclical as the recorded murders of black people by police. This poem is in response to the death of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. But it is also in response to every other murder of a black citizen at the hands of police. First, it was #IfIDieInPoliceCustody and now it’s #SayHisName. There will be a new hashtag the next time. The reality is that there is a very real deadline drawn around black bodies and one wrong misstep—or any action perceived as such—means that you have stepped over the deadline and are at risk of being killed. As I sat down to write, I realized that the last several poems I’ve written have been about this subject: the routine violence against black bodies. This keeps repeating and repeating and so it became a pantoum.” (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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