We begin with a discussion of ekphrastic writing and the war photography of Robert Capa, then from The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly or Utah we have the poet Adam Love to discuss spoken word, page work, and his work as both poet, and an editor for the magazine Borderline. Then in “What’s on my Desk” this week, I revisit what I would call a modern classic, Joe Wenderoth’s Letters to Wendy’s. So kick back, lace up, pour a cup of what heals you, and have a listen!
Our guest, Adam Love, is an emerging writer from Salt Lake City. His work has appeared or is upcoming in Revolver, Atticus Review, Sugar House Review, Main Street Rag, Metazen, and others. He’s the author of Another Small Fire, a chapbook of poetry. He was nominated for a 2013 Pushcart Prize. He holds and MFA from Vermont College.
Here is the Robert Capa photo discussed at the beginning of the episode:
Also here’s the book Photography: a concise history by Ian Jeffrey.
Also be sure to get a copy of Letters Wendy’s by Joe Wenderoth:
July 29, 1996
I sort of recognize your employees, but not as much as
you’d think. I believe they recognize me. When I think
about it, the faces that really stay etched in my mind are the
faces of porn stars. Only in porn, it seems, does a face
acquire a peculiar glow of its ownmost rhythmic
ambiguity. It’s sad to everyday come to Wendy’s and see
faces that will never be given to me in their full porn depth.
August 18, 1996
We’ve become a throw-away society! they gasp. Well, could
this be because we’ve discovered, finally, that we’re a throw-
away organism… living in a throw-away land? I think it’s
just the discovery that’s prompted so much righteous
organization against “waste.” I’m happy to every day get a
brand new ornate yellow cup, drink half my Coke, then
abandon the thing altogether and forever.