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Ep. 9 - From Death Threat to Poem

Ep. 9 - From Death Threat to Poem

This week I force my friend Dustin to write a poem while we listen. Dustin Pearson is the Managing Editor of Hayden’s Ferry Review, He has a master’s degree from Clemson University, he has been published in a bunch of places, and he was awarded the 2015 Katherine C. Turner Prize from the Academy of American Poets.

Here’s the final text of the first rough version of this poem:

If I Keep This
By Dustin Pearson

I want to tell you
that I think I’ve been dying.
I’ve seen that there’s a threat
Of a shooting today,
But that’s not why
I say this to you.
I’ve been told that the young dying
Are rare.
I believe that.
Just with all the things
Spread between the TV and internet
It’s become the rarity
That happens every day.
So which route to take?
I’ve been told death
Will come for us at 12:30.
Should I take what I’ve been
Feeling outside,
or should I have the courage
To sit and wait for other dangers?
I want to ask you
When you see danger coming from all angles
Is it your first instinct to