The Light of the World, a memoir by Elizabeth Alexander; 2015; $26.00; 209 pages; Grand Central Publishing, New York, NY; 978-1-4555-9987-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland; 6/30/16-7/2/16
Elizabeth Alexander was married to Ficre Ghebreyesus until his death just before his fiftieth birthday. Ficre was a refugee from Eritrea who was a painter, married to Elizabeth Alexander, a poet. The married, meshed their lives and had two sons. This is Elizabeth’s memoir of their sixteen years together. It is very easy to picture their relationship and life together as she uses beautiful and lush language to describe their life and love. I was moved several times as I read this.
Why did I read this? As with the previous book and many others I have read recently were on a list that was titled, something like, Books that I wish my white teachers in the hood would read.
What did I learn? This reinforces my recent realization that I really like to read prose written by poets. They have such a grasp of the language that it enables to paint with words in their prose.