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I listened with intense feeling and interest to your interview with Elizabeth Alexander. I loved her mention of the contemplative practice of silence that she learned in school, and so wish it were part of our core national curriculum (along with daily exercise).

I especially enjoyed listening to the unedited version which spoke about locating spirituality in the body, as she danced in church, and as her poems sang out. I was reminded also of the poem, Now That I Am Forever With Child, by Audre Lorde which I read at the ritual birthing circle I had before our daughter Leah was born, and which contains the lines "my legs were towers between which a new world was passing. Since then I can only distinguish one thread within running hours you flowing through selves toward you."

Elizabeth Alexander writes and speaks so movingly about the fluid nature of time, life and death and how precise words can yoke us together.