Kate Baer is a #1 New York Times bestselling poet and author of What Kind Of Woman, a book that Publishers Weekly describes as “ confident and fearless.” Her new collection of poems, I Hope This Finds You Well, is out this week and is inspired by critical messages and comments she has received over the past year, primarily on Instagram. Baer created the poems in the collection by deleting words from the original more-ugly messages such that what is left over is a poem. Erasure poetry is not new, per se, but in Baer’s hands it to becomes a contemporary feminist vision that both explores and comments on what it means to be a woman in the twenty-first century. It’s a deeply personal collection of poems, yet its also full of so much empathy that it can’t help but be universal.
In this episode, she chatted with David about the books inspire her the most. They discuss books that take risks, lit Twitter, comedy writing, a book about a hermit, and how we are all going to die.