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Mile High Theology with Natasha Oladokun

“They say, Lord, piety is speaking to you, // but madness is hearing you // speak back.” And so Natasha Oladokun stings her audience in her 2020 poem “Black Credit.” In line after line, essay after essay, and poem after poem, Oladokun teases out of us what good literature usually teases out of us: An unmistakable smallness before the vast expanse that is our fragile and beautiful cosmos. In this special National Poetry Month episode, Natasha and Canon Broderick will discuss Audre Lorde’s 1985 essay “Poetry Is Not a Luxury” and Lorde’s assertion that poetry is “a vital necessity of our existence.”