Episode 8 runs the gamut! We talk to award-winning poet and teacher Alejandro Escudé about learning from your idols (and meditating with Gary Snyder!), finding inspiration in urban environments and current events, transitioning to remote and hybrid forms of learning, taking risks in your work, being mindful of audience and context in a digital world, and giving yourself permission to write badly.
Texts Mentioned in the Episode
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- The Book of the Unclaimed Dead by Alejandro Escudé
- My Earthbound Eye by Alejandro Escudé
- Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
- North by Seamus Heaney (his bog body poems)
- The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
- Exobiology as Goddess by Will Alexander
- The Adventures of Huckleberry by Mark Twain
- “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg
- The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
- Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
“Whether the poem is good or not, I send it.” -Alejandro EscudéTweet
“Nothing is real right now.” -Alejandro EscudéTweet
“It’s up to poets to say, ‘We’re not letting you off the hook.'” -Alejandro EscudéTweet
“My personality online is a lamb. I save all of my wolf stuff for my writing.” -Alejandro EscudéTweet
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