War Poet.ca - A CFAP Project by Suzanne Steele

War Poet on the BBC

Friday morning an email from the BBC Worldservice program, Newshour. their “flagship” program. millions of listeners worldwide.

“can we do an interview?”

I have listened to the Beeb WSvc everywhere I have ever been. this is the radio service that kept hostages in solitary confinement from going mad. a lifeline to the greater world. this is the station I listened to at 4 a.m. on worried, sleepless nights. and recently, on a windup shortwave in a tent on the great Canadian prairie. 1PPCLI sleeping, standing sentry about me.

at 11 a.m. Friday morning, I strolled into CBC Edmonton. clipped on a pair of headphones. chatted with Claire Balderson. what does it mean to be a war poet? what are you doing differently from journalists? what do the soldiers think of you?

“well Claire…” five minutes later. walked out.

a big smile on my face.

You can listen to smsteele’s BBC interview here on warpoet.ca.

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