Flaming Chariots and Phlebotomies: Poems by Nada Faris, Gabrielle Bates, and torrin a. greathouse
This Week from Micro Podcast
Micro is a podcast for short but powerful writing. Each episode features a few short pieces of fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry read by the author.
These three poems are so rich and intricate that you may want to listen to them multiple times—we certainly did! Each combines vivid imagery with open-ended questions to leave you in a state of contemplation.
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This first beautiful poem includes Icy Blendeds and penguins to ask larger questions about longing and the passage of time. It’s called “Marshmallow in a Bottle.” It was written by Nada Faris and published by No Contact.
This next poem was first published in Gulf Coast. It’s called “How Judas Died.” It was written by Gabrielle Bates and republished by The Adroit Journal.
On history and creation, an examination both individual and universal. This final poem binds blood and bridges, mothers and children, dead algae and victory. It’s called “Phlebotomy, as Told by the Blood.” It was written by torrin a. greathouse and was originally published by the American Academy of Poets.
Nada Faris is a writer and performance poet from Kuwait.
Gabrielle Bates works for Open Books: A Poem Emporium and co-hosts the podcast The Poet Salon; poems from her book-in-progress, Judas Goat, have appeared in the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry Magazine.
torrin a. greathouse is a transgender cripple-punk, 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, and author of Wound from the Mouth of a Wound published by Milkweed Editions in 2020.
Micro is edited and curated by Dylan Evers and produced and hosted by Drew Hawkins. Theme song is by Matt Ordes. Follow the show on Twitter at @podcastmicro.