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 & death and how precise words can yoke us together.
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