Written by kevincutrerApril 28, 2018April 29, 2018 Episode 1: “The Kid” by Ai In our first episode, we talk about how we first became interested in reading and writing poems. Then we discuss “The Kid” by Ai. Join the conversation! We would love to hear from our listeners about this poem or any other topic that comes to mind. Please leave a comment here. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading... 3 thoughts on “Episode 1: “The Kid” by Ai” Hey, give me more info. Carter7878@gmail.com LikeLike Reply A little of Ai goes a long way. After being knocked out by a coupla of her early poems, I grew really tired of her shock tactics, all that plain-spoken violence relieved by a metaphor or two and indulged in by barely recognizable, dysfunctional human beings. Browsing “Killing Floor,” I thought if I have to read one more poem spoken by an abuser or a victim of abuse, I’m going to hurt myself. So I stopped and haven’t abused myself with her poems since. LikeLike Reply Thank you for commenting. I do agree that after a while her work can begin to wear on the psyche. But to ignore her books after Killing Floor deprives the reader of some real treasures. I particularly love “Greed” from the collection of the same name. Unlike her more gut-wrenching poems like “The Kid,” it’s a slow burn, a dramatic monologue that feels like a blues song. -Kevin LikeLike Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here... Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email (required) (Address never made public) Name (required) Website You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Google account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Twitter account. ( Log Out / Change ) You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out / Change ) Cancel Connecting to %s Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email.