Jessica Cuello: Does the Lyrical "I" Lie?

Season 5, Episode 45,   Feb 18, 2023, 07:56 PM

How do we know what other people know?

In this interview Douglas Manuel and Tresha Faye Haefner talk with Jessica Cuello about her third collection, Liar, selected by Dorianne Laux for the Barrow Street Book Prize. Her book explores issues of childhood trauma that children are taught to lie about or to hide from adults. Jessica discusses her own ambiguous, uncertain relationship with the lyric "I" when writing, and asks the question, "How do we know what others know?" As James Baldwin says, all art is a form of confession.

Listen for references to James Baldwin, Dorianne Laux, and Mary Oliver.