Ordinary Light: A Memoir
The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet ascended to the ALOUD stage to discuss her new memoir, a gorgeous kaleidoscope of self and family, that explores the meaning of home against a complex backdrop of race, religion, and unbreakable bonds. With lyrical precision and a tender intelligence, Smith delves into the life and death of her mother. Smith struggles to understand her mother’s steadfast Christian faith, ultimately discovering her own prayer-like solace in poetry. Lynell George, whose own body of work includes reflections about place, family, and her mother, led an intimate conversation with Smith about the extraordinary journey of a daughter.