On Tuesday, April 16th, Marty Moss-Coane featured me as a guest on her live WHYY program Radio Times, syndicated nationally on NPR and available on XM and online. The radio ad for the program billed it as “from dishwasher to Oxford, Philadelphia poet talks about his new album and collection of poems.” I like that.
Marty interviewed me for an hour about my life in heavy metal, my upbringing and family, living in Philadelphia, shipping out to Oxford University, finding an audience for my poetry, recording and releasing my album Elegies & Laments with Pub Can Records, and a variety of other things. She is a superb interviewer, and I think she drew me into a number of topics that most interviewers would avoid altogether. The recent tragedy in Boston forms an undercurrent throughout, but we felt it best to address subjects of pain, loss, consolation, resilience, and survival through my poems, which often trade in such subjects.
If I look tired in this photograph, it’s because our cats were meowing all night and kept us up. Thanks, guys.