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SouthBound: Ada Limón On Making Poetry In A Pandemic And Finding 'Radical Hope' In Anxious Times

Ada Limón is one of America’s finest poets. Her book “Bright Dead Things” was a finalist for the National Book Award for poetry, and her follow-up, “The Carrying,” won the National Book Critics Circle award.

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She’s a native Californian but now lives in Lexington, Kentucky, where she has thought a lot about the hospitality of the South – especially during the pandemic.

Ada and I also talked about something we have in common – the struggle as a couple to have a child. And we end up talking about how much hope is possible in the world we’re living in.

But first, she reads us a poem.

Show notes:

Other music in this episode:

  • PC III, "Words Or Silence I"
  • Kevin MacLeod, "Clean Soul"

Tommy Tomlinson has hosted the podcast SouthBound for WFAE since 2017. He also does a commentary, On My Mind, which airs every Monday.