The amazing and wonderful literary journal, Rogue Agent, just published my poem, Washing My Father’s Feet (The editor, Jill Khoury is a true poetic inspiration). While most of my writing is personal this piece is by far the most vulnerable writing I’ve put into the world.
When I was in college I had a radio show where I played music as well as recordings of poets reading their own poetry. My favorite place to find new work was a database called “From the Fishhouse.” I love listening to poetry. From the Fishhouse was a magical way to hear new writing and feel connected to another writer’s voice. Hearing a poem is a physical experience. Through the Fishhouse I was able to viscerally enter dense, poetic prose that can often be difficult to access fully on the page.
Washing My Father’s Feet is a very thick, heavy piece. It’s not particularly “fun.” So I decided it would be an interesting experiment to try to provide an aural experience in conjunction with the written words. If you’re curious and you’d like to listen along— here is a recording of me reading my poem— Fishhouse style.