In Episode 9 of Multi-Verse, poet J. Mae Barizo reads and discusses her poem “Sunday Women on Malcolm X Boulevard.” Barizo explores the rhythms of the body, wildfires near and far, and the intimate power of the couplet, in a conversation with host Evangeline Riddiford Graham.

“Sunday Women on Malcolm X Boulevard” is part of J. Mae Barizo’s second poetry collection, Tender Machines, published in May 2023 with Tupelo Press.

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