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“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” – Emily Dickinson
For this latest WLT On the Craft of Writing, we’re talking poetry with two of our favorite poets: Usha Akella and Kirk Wilson, both with new collections out.
In I Will Not Bear You Sons, Usha Akella’s poems are the medium for the unsilenced voice both of her own story and those of women across various cultures. As poet Anne Waldman said, “We are truly at precipice and this poetry can help wake up the world to itself.”
Kirk Wilson’s Songbox, winner of the 2020 Trio Award, is the testament of a mature poet confronting the dissolution of American assumptions, the precarious nature of identity, and the alchemical strangeness of experience. As poet Naomi Shihab Nye said, “these are poems to return to again and again.”
Join us for this conversation moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.