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Ordinary Light: A Memoir

Tracy K. Smith
In conversation with Lynell George
May 28, 2015

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.

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