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LISTEN: Kelly Cannon On Remembering The Light Of Childhood Naptime

Laura Spencer
Kelly Cannon

Kelly Cannon fell in love with writing in third grade, after she won a poetry competition. This poem, "Chiaroscuro," was inspired by a painting of a man sitting on a bed looking out a window. It reminded her of taking naps when she was a child.

"There’s something so different about going to sleep during the day. The light is so different," Cannon says. "As a child, that made an impression on me. And I would look up and I would see the light coming in through the blinds in streaks, and I would see the dust as it kind of swirled through those streaks in the light. It was a memory that stuck with me and when I saw that painting it brought it all back and I started this poem."

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

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