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Five Things: Kathleen Driskell On Death And Mothering

Kathleen Driskell
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Not many people would choose to live next door to a cemetery, but writer Kathleen Driskell has never minded it. In fact, she's drawn inspiration for a book of poetry from the histories in the gravestones that she can see from her bedroom window.

Driskell is a poet and a writing teacher at Spalding University in Louisville, where she serves as Associate Program Director of the MFA in Creative Writing. On this week's edition of Five Things, she talked with me about different kinds of grave markers -- both extravagant and modest -- about a gift from her father that went all wrong, and about her start in poetry performance as a kindergartner.

Listen to an excerpt in the player above.

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