Featured Audio: “Speaking in Tongues” a Poem by Linda Watanabe McFerrin

Linda Watanabe McFerrin reads “Speaking in Tongues”

“Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s poetry rises from the true encounter between language and vision, between wonder and exploration fused with the poet’s need to uncover the mysteries of the earth.” Ray Gonzalez

Linda Watanabe McFerrin’s first featured audio as an ASP author is an intriguing poem which showcases her kaleidoscopic usage of sound. “When there are no words, just sounds that move me.” This line prefaces “Speaking Tongues” perhaps to tell the reader not to expect their colors to come easily from rich imagery or description, but from the medium of language itself before analogy– the bio mechanics. It is only once the poetry has become truly music that, as with Beethoven’s pastoral symphony, we hear the thunder clap in “breaking utterance”, it quiver in “garbled,” it seize in “jagged.”

Hear Linda read “Speaking in Tongues”

Speaking in Tongues

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Linda’s first book from ASP is set to release in Fall, 2019. You can read more about it on the announcement page


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