When I reached St. Peter, he was too small
to crawl. I introduced myself
as someone’s mother,
and he consulted his big Book of Roles.
Stand there, said Peter, pointing
to the line with all the other hopeless
But, I said, I’ve been there all along.
The woman in front of me had been reading
Lamentations for hundreds of years.
I needed to hear my baby breathing, but couldn’t
over all her tears.
Give me a ribbon, said Peter,
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Featured Poetry Reading with Simon Armitage, Samiya Bashir, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo & Camille Dungy
Poets love language–and fight with it. Language is one way humans can experience and express the world. True belonging is when language connects us across time, languages, cultures, and emotional divides.