is a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and the inaugural Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. She's the author of a new memoir, The Light of the World. She's also the author of several books of essays and poetry including Crave Radiance.
Listen to Ms. Alexander recite this poem with and without music. Which one do you like better? In our show she reads this after “Neonatology” and surprises herself with the appropriateness of the pairing.
The last poem of a longer work, Ms. Alexander puts this together with her poem “Autumn Passage” as an example of having those experiences of giving birth and the privilege of sitting with one near the end of life.
In this poem, Ms. Alexander says that the late Lucille Clifton informed her fluid approach to “a very deep kind of ancestral understanding… that moves us into the future.” Includes the audio of the poet reading her work.