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Episode 2: Urban Renewal


The first real episode of Close Talking featuring Jack and Connor's discussion of the poem "Urban Renewal" by Yusef Komunyakaa. Find out how Jack and Connor came to create the Close Talking podcast, what their thoughts are on the poem, and much more in this thrilling episode.

Read the poem below or via this link. To learn more about Komunyakaa, follow this link.

Urban Renewal
By: Yusef Komunyakaa

The sun slides down behind brick dust, 
today’s angle of life. Everything

melts, even when backbones
are I-beams braced for impact. 

Sequential sledgehammers fall, stone
shaped into dry air 

white soundsystem of loose metal
under every footstep. Wrecking crews,

men unable to catch sparrows without breaking
wings into splinters. Blues-horn

mercy. Bloodlines. Nothing
but the white odor of absence.

The big iron ball
swings, keeping time

to pigeons cooing in eaves
as black feathers

float on to blueprint
parking lots. 
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