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EP047: Poet for Hire

By Sue Burke.
Read by Mur Lafferty.

She had been wondering if she should start her own poetry business. She believed Milwaukee might need a poet for hire to spread the magic of verse around the town. Sometimes, in her current job as a medical secretary, she secretly wrote poems for especially ill patients. They got well, and Verity felt certain the focused mental energy from the poems helped them. She wanted to write poetry full-time to spread its energy to more people — to become the city’s first commercial free-lance poet.

Rated G. Contains implied violence and the sordid crimes of the pickle business.

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  1. Your stories, well chosen,
    are always inspiring

    They’re sure, I now knock wood,
    to keep neurons firing

    Though busy, is my life,
    I stop and thank God

    That each week, with child-joy
    I hear escapepod

  2. Chris S. says:

    I like your podcast but can only get Ultraviolet Review. Will try later.

  3. Simon says:

    Ythe reading was transparent I forgot it was Mur speaking immediately. And a nice little tale but I felt there was something, some turn of phrase that the final paragraph need . to end the give the resolution a real feeling of closure.

  4. Lukas says:

    Thank you for talking about Stanislaw Lem. I have read Solaris a long time ago and a few Articles he published on the German Online-Magazine Telepolis.de . I will definetly check out Lem’s short stories the next time I go to a bookstore. (Also… I want to read that poem you DID NOT TELL…!) I can only hope they have him here in Japan..
    Anyway, thanks for the cool stories. Also the people that read them do a terrific job.

    Now its time to download the latest one. Whats it called? “Soul Food”. Sounds good…

  5. Seduced, shaggy Samson snored.
    She scissored short. Sorely shorn,
    Soon shackled slave, Samson sighed,
    Silently scheming,
    Sightlessly seeking
    Some savage, spectacular suicide.

  6. Thought this podcast was great. I have been lucky to have time in my day for it and thank you for offering it.

  7. […] Lem. Last year when I started working back through his archives on my new iPod I came upon episode #47 (Poet for Hire). In the intro Steve talked about Mr. Lem and his book about two competing, sentient, robotic […]

  8. scatterbrain says:

    A really nice sutle fantasy and (and I rarely comment on the reading) an excellent and believeable reading from Lafferty.

  9. […] Lem. Last year when I started working back through his archives on my new iPod I came upon episode #47 (Poet for Hire). In the intro Steve talked about Mr. Lem and his book about two competing, sentient, robotic […]