In this episode, we talk with the brilliant Jacqueline Woodson about Hurdy-Gurdy by Tim Seibles. When she first heard the poems from the book at one of Seibles’ readings in 1992, Jacqueline felt like she was being invited to a party for the first time. She felt like she could finally understand poetry and she’s enjoyed the book now for almost thirty years. We read some of our favorite poems from Hurdy-Gurdy, talk about what it means to paint with words, the importance of place in poetry, and Jacqueline even recites passages of her own work from memory (Yes, she’s that cool). Hearing the power of Jacqueline’s language will really make you want to go read one(or all) of her books.
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