Lucky Charms and Escape Sonnets: Readings by May Hathaway, Laetitia Keok, and Ottavia Paluch
From Micro, a Podcast for Short But Powerful Writing
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.
Welcome to a young writer edition of Micro! This episode was curated by guest editor Grace Q. Song. Here’s Grace, explaining her choices: “I chose these three pieces because of the way they explore tension, specifically the tension between freedom and captivity. These pieces by young writers are fierce, vulnerable, and compelling.”
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In “Eden, Idaho,” by May Hathaway in HAD, the narrator toys with the idea of escaping her utopian-named town until she realizes it’s too late.
In “self-portrait as ways i have loved you,” by Laetitia Keok in perhappened, the speaker is trapped in repetition, unable to escape her lover who has become part of her identity.
In “Sonnet on Escape,” by Ottavia Paluch in Plum Recruit, the speaker rejects the idea of light at the end of the tunnel and confesses her desire to leap—not into the sky, as birds do—but into the sea.
May Hathaway is a Chinese-American writer based in New York City and Philadelphia.
Laetitia Keok is a poet and writer from Singapore.
Ottavia Paluch is a high school student from Ontario, Canada, and sometimes she writes poems.
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.