Colorado Springs-inspired writer's debut book draws Hemingway praise

Colorado Springs-inspired writer's debut book draws Hemingway praise

Growing up a military brat, it was hard for Dan Fecht to find a home. Colorado Springs was one of his 10 stops around the world before his 12th-grade graduation. “When that happens to you over and over again, you become really jaded,” he said. “So I developed a form of depression, which is kind of common in military brats.” Fecht, 35, now lives in Florida with his wife and splits time in Washington, D.C., as editor of culture at DC Life Magazine. But he still calls the Springs home. “I always miss the mountains, the fresh air,” he said. It was here as a junior at Rampart High School that he developed his love for writing. He came back later for Pikes Peak Community College. “I told myself, I need to go after this writing thing,” he said, “because it’s one of the only things that really, truly makes me happy.” Finally, Fecht has realized his dream as a published poet. And to realize it, he drew on some of the darkness that has lurked throughout his life. His first book, “Assisted Suicide Talk Show,” is as somber and at times disturbing as it sounds. There’s a dystopian quality to the setting, a studio where a man fields questions about his pending doom, surrounded by a jeering and cheering audience. The spectacle is intentional, meant to demonstrate a brutal break between a distracted society and the reality of suicide. Fecht intersperses stream-of-conscious poems, narrations explaining how our talk show guest has ...
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