An enchanting hour of poetry drawing on the ways family and religion shape our lives. Marie Howe works and plays with her Catholic upbringing, the universal drama of family, and the ordinary time that sustains us. The moral life, she says, is lived out in what we say as much as what we do — and so words have a power to save us.
Watch Krista's unedited conversation with the acclaimed poet in the "old library" at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. It's an intimate 90 minutes of discussion about faith and relationships, the role of language in our contemporary lives, and ways to move forward.
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A poem about friendship and intimacy, waiting and being present in the moment that is heartbreaking and heartening in its song.
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About the Image
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Voices on the Radio
Poetry is something many of us seem to be hungry for these days. We're hungry for fresh ways to tell hard truths and redemptive stories, for language that would elevate and embolden rather than demean and alienate. Elizabeth Alexander shares her sense of what poetry works in us — and in our children — and why it may become more relevant, not less so, in hard and complicated times.
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