No better way to spend a rainy Tuesday night than with good poetry and good poets. Lucky us — we had just that back in early April thanks to the St. Charles Public Library. So good to read alongside former UMSL classmates Ray Holmes, Julia Gordon-Bramer, and Jason Vassar! And meeting the lovely Dawn Dupler was a moment of serendipity. I thought I recognized her name when I saw the night’s line-up, and I knew I did once I heard her read her poem “Mainlining Iraq” — a piece that I happily voted in to Issue 26 of Natural Bridge as an assistant editor. I remembered “Mainlining Iraq.” I remembered our discussion about it around the editorial table, too — how pleased we were to read a poem about war that seemed new despite how tragically familiar war in the Middle East seems now, and how familiar every war seems in light of every other war before. Definitely cool to hear the poem in the writer’s own voice, and to meet the human behind the words.
Many thanks to the St. Charles Public Library for hosting, and to Michael Peeples for inviting me to read!