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More Poetry And Conversation With Micah Ling

Ling shares more poetry from her latest book, Settlement, followed by a conversation about the connection to "place" in her poetry.

vacant road

Photo: Joe Lencioni

"You drive a vacant road and hear a song that takes you back. Realize here and now that you're past innocence. Never return. It's a hollow feeling, empty and strange, like being on a cliff, maybe slipping a bit. Wonder for a moment if you might be able to get it back, if you drive the truck fast enough, if you make enough dust..." from the poem "Settlement."

“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is’.”
Kurt Vonnegut

Micah Ling earned her MFA in poetry at Indiana University. She has three collections of poetry, published by Sunnyoutside Press (Buffalo, NY): Three Islands, Sweetgrass, and Settlement. In 2011, she won the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Emerging Author Award.

Micah also writes freelance music reviews and manages her own website, Ringside Reviews.com.

On this extended The Poets Weave podcast, Micah reads poems from her latest book and then joins us for a conversation about the connection to “place” in her poetry and her use of repeated titles like “Settlement” and how her understanding of that word/concept has evolved.

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