Contributors in Conversation: Oliver de la Paz and L. S. Klatt

The Common: Contributors in Conversation



In this episode of The Common’s Contributors in Conversation podcast, Issue 06 contributors Oliver de la Paz and L. S. Klatt read and discuss their poems “Labyrinth 76” and “Apple.”






Contributors in Conversation: Oliver de la Paz and L. S. Klatt

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Across the washes, planted on the banks, / crack willow held the drains and dykes in place, / kept them in line, kept them cleanly going, / just as the water, glupping along, fed them, // and then their pollarded branches might be / woven into hives to snaffle eels overnight.