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WORDS ON A WIRE: Mary Szybist (extended interview)

  Daniel & guest co-host Nancy Lechuga talk with Mary Szybist, author of Incarnadine, the winner of the 2013 National Book Award for Poetry.  Mary describes Incarnadine as a "religious book for nonbelievers."  She explains why the Annunciation plays such a dominant role in her book, and why "visual poetry" (imagine a poem about an apple written in the shape of an apple), though often seen as gimmicky, was a risk she chose to take for a few of the poems in Incarnadine.  In this online-only extended interview, we'll hear about Mary's writing process, why a knowledge of the different forms of poetry is important (or not), and Daniel & Nancy tell Mary about their favorite poems from Incarnadine.  http://maryszybist.net/

Aired July 6, 2014.