Back in 2008, when I was a member, for a very brief time, of the Dallas Poets Community, I attended one of their morning poetry reading events.
Although my primary objective, that day, was to read my own material and to expose my work to the members of the group, I came away with something far more valuable than exposer–something more valuable than I ever could have imagined.
I heard a poem that would transform the way I saw literary art and the type profound impact that it could have a reader.
I invite you to listen to my story of the time I heard that amazing piece, written by the accomplished anthologist, Travis Blair, and to hear me read an excerpt from his published book, the very same book he shared the piece from all those years ago, “Train to Chihuahua“.
We never know what type of long-lasting impact literary works that we create and choose to share with the world will have on someone. I mean, here I am still talking about this man’s work 9 years later.
We, as writers, all have the potential to impact our audience in such a profound way. So, it’s important that we compose while in the spirit of that notion.