“Selections from Colorado Reviewmust deliver fresh poetry and prose every month to its listeners and readers of Colorado Review. This isn’t a want thing, or a desire thing—it is a biologically-compelled-to-do-it thing, lest it suffer an unbearable and possibly fatal poetry and prose backup, which can be painful.

Some people might find that fact sobering, but I figure the podcast’s terrifying physical imperative is our gain. December’s “Selections from Colorado Review” must show you Joan Leegant’s “Beautiful Souls,” at all costs. You can download it directly here, but if you’d like to make the podcast’s life a little less painful, you’re welcome to subscribe on iTunes, whereupon it will deliver you poetry and prose every month automatically. Not because it wants  to—because it must. But I’m okay with that.