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LISTEN: Poet Marcus Myers On The Power Of Silence

Laura Spencer

Poet Marcus Myers says he started to get serious about his writing about a decade ago, when he turned 30 — and set his sights on publishing in literary magazines. Myers and poet Brian Clifton now co-edit Bear Review, an online journal of poetry and micro prose.

A teacher of gifted and talented students at Northgate Middle School in Kansas City, Mo., Myers is also a parent to a five-year-old, Audrey. Right after she was born, he says, his poem "Quiet Project" was inspired by his silent commute. 

"She was crying quite a bit," Myers recalls. "I just felt completely surrounded by noise at all times, and the only quiet time I had was on the drive home, from the Northland to Midtown Kansas City." 

All of our WORD readings, including bonus tracks by some poets, are archived on SoundCloud.

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