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Martha Silano Finds Poetry In The News

Book cover Reckless Lovely
Saturnalia Books

Seattle poet Martha Silano found inspiration in an NPR story, "An Alien View of Earth," about an image of our planet taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft. The poem she wrote in response to the news story, "Pale Blue Dot," not only became part of her newest collection, "Reckless Lovely," but led her work in a new direction.

Silano's previous collections include "The Little Office of the Immaculate Conception," "Blue Positive" and "What the Truth Tastes Like."

Her poems are featured online at TerrainDrunken Boat, Poetry Daily and Rattle. With Kelli Russell Agodon, she's the co-author of "The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice."

Silano teaches at Bellevue College.

Her reading was recorded in the KUOW studios on June 30.