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. 

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3 thoughts on “Episode 1: “The Kid” by Ai

  1. 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.


    1. 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


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