The fourth installment of my column "The Company We Keep" as writers: meeting novelist & poet #TishaniDoshi & poet #NancyMitchell and exploring Harriet Tubman's birthplace and museum #BlackHistoryMonth.
"All three women, from different periods and continents, are linked by
how close they hold the earth, listening. As you drive out into
Maryland, past farmland, into river deltas to beach, you can imagine
Tubman crouching and hiding as she smuggled her people to freedom.
In Mitchell and Doshi’s poems, the earth and nature — birds, animals,
bones of the dead — come alive to participate in the muffling, the
soothing, and the upending of what we have repressed. These, and other
voices, are the collective anthems of our time."