I woke up today to a message in a WeChat group from an old friend saying she heard me on the radio.
And indeed, one of my poems did make it on the radio — specifically, NPR’s All Things Considered, which is running a monthlong contest on Twitter in search of Twitter-length poems that they then read on the air in commemoration of National Poetry Month. It was Richard Blanco — President Obama’s Second Inauguration poet — who chose my poem, Career Path, for Sunday’s segment. Here it is (click for transcript of the segment, or listen in this embed):
Yes, that’s me reading the poem.
They said art was misery
so I sought it —
but it’s not like you think,
of comfort, self-
it was accepting
who I am
is the person I will live with
for the rest of this path,
— Anthony Tao (@anthonytao) April 2, 2019
Deepest thanks to Richard Blanco and All Things Considered‘s Emma Talkoff, who initially reached out.