American Shaman (new episode)

American Shaman Human Voices Wake Us

Tonight, I talk about writing my long poem, ⁠To the House of the Sun⁠, published in 2015. The poem follows an Irish immigrant making his way through the American South, North and West, during the Civil War. The book is part travelogue, battle epic, and spiritual biography, and after describing how the book was written, I read one of my favorite sections from late in the poem, where the protagonist finds himself as a kind of shaman and religious figure, wandering the West.

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