Thursday, February 2, 2012

Murder Mystery - for Your Listening Pleasure; Katharine Whitcomb


 I love starting my morning with a good poem. In our crazy full lives, listening to a poem on the radio (or the computer) feels like modern day manna to me.

Here's Elizabeth Austen introducing Katharine Whitcomb's poem Murder Mystery. I love the poem's play with narrative and the way it tells the story of a life. I picture the speaker moving through quiet streets of a small town --- porch lights, dogs (or no dogs) and that damn swing.

Katharine Whitcomb is a poet whose work I admire; I think you will too. I met Katharine when we selected her book, which I simply adore,  Lamp of Letters, for the Floating Bridge Press Prize. She is certain to have another book soon.

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