I recently had the pleasure of talking to the very talented Lisa Grove for Poetry LA. Among the different poems we talk about, we find ourselves a bit lost in the midst of In the Lion’s Den, a persona poem narrated in first person voice. This poem was inspired by the biblical story of Daniel who, one evening, after having defied his king, finds himself thrown in the black mouth of the cave that housed three lions. The story continues to say that Daniel was found well and alive in the morning, with no explanation about how he survived (we are to understand that it is a miracle, and it is, but still, a night with three lions must bring out very animalistic fears in man). Hence the poem was born.
Many thanks to the host, Lisa Grove, and to the entire team at Poetry LA.