Read a poem, talk about it, read it again.
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.