Reading Someone Else’s Work: Art and Breath

Last night’s reading event with Travis Mossotti and Justin Phillip Reed reminded me of how much I love the part of the evening when the readers of Prose|Poem exchange work. I always harbor hope that the exchange takes place before the event, but often that’s not possible, so the poet and writer give cold readings of the work. And for a few lines that may show, but sooner or later they settled into each other’s words and that’s where the magic happens.

Robert Hass: Poetic Language

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