Playlist: Cover to Cover with Jack Foley for March 27, 2013 - 3:00pm

Jack’s guest is Chinese-American poet Clara Hsu. Clara writes, “When she was a little girl, Clara Hsu wanted to be a hermit and martial artist living in the mountains of China. Life’s mysterious path took her to the United States. In this reality, she practiced the art of multi-dimensional being: mother, musician, purveyor of Clarion Music Center (a world music shop of exotic musical instruments), traveler, and poet. In 2005, Clara sold her music business of 23 years to focus on poetry. She organized numerous free poetry activities and hosted a monthly salon for seven years. Since 2009, Clara has been the co-host of the ‘San Francisco Poetry Open Mike Podcast TV Show’ with John Rhodes.” In an article on Clara Hsu (available in “Foley’s Books” in “The Alsop Review”), Jack writes, “Identity is not fixed but constantly changing. It is constantly away. Someone remarked to Charles Olson that he “went all around the subject.” Olson answered that he didn’t know it was a subject. Hsu does not wish to limit herself any more than Olson did, though, as in Baudelaire, boredom—Ennui, stoppage—is a continual threat. How can one assert one’s freedom, challenge and repudiate reality if not by acts of audacity and bravery? Clara Hsu’s answers to this question constitute her art, her poetry, her mode of ‘multidimensional being.’” On today's show, Clara reads from her work, at times joined by Jack. Part two of two.


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