Alive at the End of the World by Saeed Jones, Read by Saeed Jones
An Unforgettable Poetry Collection
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Saeed Jones, an award-winning poet, writes and speaks unapologetically and with purpose. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly discuss hearing Jones read his poetry in this newest collection. Alive at the End of the World refers to past and present perils that include personal experiences, as well as iconic moments and figures who have shaped popular culture. He delves into grief after the loss of his mother ten years ago, the ongoing trauma of the pandemic and rampant violence, and the fight to experience joy through it all. As a whole, there is an apocalyptic sense that reminds the listener of the title—that he and we are alive and present at the end of the world.
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