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Fiona writes: This morning, we spoke about the kinds of things that are difficult to talk about.
The kind of thing that poetry attempts. What are we, as people? Where do our personalities come from? Is there such a thing as a ‘real me’ or a me at all?
We also spoke about the terrible raw risk of being alive as opposed to ossified, and what happens when we push our aliveness up against other people’s aliveness (ouch). Mark Waldron speaks about this in his poem, ‘Well yes, where we interface’, which Kaspa reads at the beginning of our podcast, and which you can also hear Mark reading here. Do buy Mark’s latest collection, The Itchy Sea (Amazon UK/Amazon US) – it really is splendid.
Thank you for listening. Do let us know if we made a teensy bit of sense. I’m not so sure today. (oh, and I started a new radio show for She Writes last night called Breathing Space – I spoke about ‘writing towards joy’ yesterday, and I had an actual caller! Listen here…)
Well yes, where we interface
This strangeness comes from there,
and partly from finding it’s not as natural to us
Yes, where we press up upon living
so that we might seem to stick for a moment
as continental plates do, catastrophically sometimes,
even someone you know, whole large chunks of them
and roll to the side of the road
in an absolutely murdered voice, and them at you.
PS I’ll be in Ty Newydd in Wales for Mark Charlton & Rory MacClean’s LANDSCAPE, TRAVEL AND MEMOIR – FROM BLOGS TO BOOKS (October 24th – 29th), and places are now available on the week-long course for £250 – a huge bargain. To find out more click here.