This Choice is Who You Are has been my mantra these past years: a mantra for becoming the person I want to be. I believe that choosing to live with the attention that poetry demands is a good start.
In the Podcasts, I look to other artists to learn from their experiences.
I ask poets how their work with poetry influences the choices they make in their daily lives, and how these, in turn, affect their sense of self and their relationships.
How are they using the experience of art to shape The Good Life for themselves?
Cati Porter is a poet, editor, and community arts facilitator. She is the author of Seven Floors Up (Mayapple Press, 2008) and My Skies of Small Horses(forthcoming from WordTech Editions, February 2016) as well as five chapbooks including The Body, Like Bread (forthcoming from Finishing Line Press, 2016).
She is founder and editor of the online literary journals Poemeleon: A Journal of Poetry and Inlandia: A Literary Journey and Executive Director of the Inlandia Institute, a Riverside-based nonprofit cultural and literary arts organization dedicated to celebrating and preserving the Inland Southern California Region in word, image, and sound.
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Poems read or referred to in the podcast:
“Warning” and “Pure”, by Cati Porter. Both poems are from My Skies of Small Horses (Mayapple Press).
and Sylvia Plath’s poem “Fever 103“.
Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.
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