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?
As the title suggests, Tim Mayo’s carefully structured book deals with the multiple forms of separation: separation from the past, from a sense of family, a sense of belonging and ultimately from the self. His poems capture the sense of alienation many of us feel in this contemporary world where we want (as the poet does in “The Yellow Afternoon”):“the inexplicable to be/explained and the eggshell of answers/to close over the yoke of our questions.” Full of surprising phrases and metaphors (“Trapezing,” “Darning Needle,” “Self-Storage”) the poems ring with important truths such as: “you must accept the perennial fly/its karmic place in your ointment,” and “what do we know about the world/except what we know about ourselves.” These poems are extraordinary and generous gifts.
—Patricia Fargnoli, former New Hampshire Poet Laureate, author of Winter and Then, Something
Poems read or referred to in the podcast:
“The Body grows without-” by Emily Dickinson
“Upon Julie’s Clothes” by Robert Herrick
“The Remedy”, “Crow”, “Puppet Therapy” and “Shelter” from Tim Mayo’s new book Thesaurus of Separation
Original music and artwork by Karl R. Powell.
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I’m so happy to have discovered your blog! What an inspiring gem. I’ve actually been researching trauma informed mental health care using a template that’s come out of Vermont.
They do such great stuff in Vermont!
Ren, I’ve been so busy that I first missed when you put this podcast up, and the business didn’t stop until now, today, when I finally was able to sit down and listen to the interview. Thank you for inviting me to do this, it came out so well, because of your excellent editing. You’re wonderful and so generous!!!
I am so grateful that you took the time! It was a pleasure to talk to you, and a difficult thing to edit out so much of your story. I have an eye out for reviews. Please drop me a line if they slip by me! Much love and admiration, Ren