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BY August 14, 2017

A reflection acknowledging that the injustice of suffering can’t be wrapped up in a neat bow of closure. Instead, we the author looks to her culture’s understanding of ancestry — in the responsibility we have to the loved ones we’ve lost.

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BY December 9, 2016

When going about our business, could we pay more attention to what we’re leaving behind for others in our wake?

BY December 8, 2016

Listen to the British poet David Whyte read his poem “No One Told Me.”

BY December 8, 2016

David Whyte reads his poem “Stone” (Thobar Phadraig).

BY December 8, 2016

Listen to David Whyte read his lovely poem, “Working Together.”

BY December 8, 2016

David Whyte reads his poem “Everything Is Waiting for You.”

BY December 8, 2016

Derek Walcott reads his poem “Love After Love”

BY December 8, 2016

Listen to Ms. Alexander recite this poem with and without music. Which one do you like better?

BY December 8, 2016

Listen to Ms. Alexander recite this poem with and without music. Which one do you like better?

BY December 8, 2016

An excerpt of the poem Ms. Alexander read at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

BY December 8, 2016

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.

BY December 8, 2016

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.

BY December 8, 2016

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.

BY December 8, 2016

On the day before the President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, Elizabeth Alexander recited this poem on the mall for a soundcheck. And hundreds of people stopped, listened, and clapped.

"Anziano alla stazione"
BY December 8, 2016

We try a new drug, a new combination of drugs, and suddenly I fall into my life again like a…

Jennifer Michael Hecht
BY December 8, 2016

From The Next Ancient World Praise wild dancing in the kitchen. Praise sitting and talking to the doctor. Praise phone…

BY December 8, 2016

Jennifer Michael Hecht reads her poem compelling people to resist death and stay in this world.

Jennifer Michael Hecht
BY December 8, 2016

Jennifer Michael Hecht reads her poem “Men Wept”

BY December 8, 2016

Marie Howe reads her poem “Magdelene—The Seven Devils”

At a mass grave on the outskirts of Koreme in Iraqi Kurdistan, a woman mourns her brother and husband. Estimates of 60,000-80,000 people, mostly Kurdish, disappeared or were executed during the 1988 Iraqi Anfal campaign.
BY December 8, 2016

Here again is Alicia Partnoy, this time reading from the work of the Chilean poet Marjorie Agosin, who escaped General…

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 8, 2016

Christian Wiman reads Mandelstam’s poem “And I was Alive”

Joanna Macy
BY December 8, 2016

Joanna Macy reads Rilke’s poem “God’s True Cloak”

Joanna Macy
BY December 8, 2016

Joanna Macy reads Rilke’s “Dear Darkening Ground”

Joanna Macy
BY December 8, 2016

Joanna Macy reads Rilke’s “Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower”

A young man keeps his head above water as he looks on at the shoreline and trees.
BY December 8, 2016

Christian Wiman reads Bringhurst’s poem “These Poems, She Said”

A young man from Islamabad, Pakistan expresses himself through photography and the poetry of Rumi.
BY December 8, 2016

As translated from Discourses of Rumi by Fatemeh Keshavarz: Wherever you are, whatever you do, be in love… Listen to…

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