I found the title of this podcast to be very appropriate. Each poem that was read had so many "words that shimmer" and I loved the explanation Elizabeth Alexander provided, relating the amusement with shimmering words to that of small children who are fascinated with new words. Also, her story of the farmers’ organization that thanked her for using the word “lettuce” in her speech at Obama’s Inauguration really helped me understand how important and meaningful each specific word is in a speech or poem -how different people are moved in different ways by different words they hear according to their perception and experiences. I was also very moved by her explanation of the intimacy and privilege of being near a person as they pass away. Overall, I am very impressed by how empathetic and intellectual Elizabeth Alexander as well as the interviewer (Krista Tippett, I believe) are.
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