Four Trees down from Ponte Sisto
Twenty-five years ago in Rome, late at night, an American student fell to his death from a wall above the river Tiber. Sharon Charde's poems are a response to her son's death.
Twenty five years ago in Rome, an American student named Geoffrey Charde fell to his death from a wall above the river Tiber, late at night and with no witnesses, four trees down from Ponte Sisto.
Since then, his mother, the poet Sharon Charde has been writing her way through all the dimensions of her son's death; writing her way back to life through a series of poems that combine her fearless examination of specific details and events with deep philosophical insights into the close proximity of death within every aspect of life.
Adapted and composed for radio by Gregory Whitehead. Performed by Anne Undeland.
Producer Jeremy Mortimer.