Episode 54: Lament & Racial Reconciliation with Poet Lo Alaman
I’m excited this week to introduce you to an up-and-coming poet and artist named Lo Alaman. I had the honor of sitting down with Lo to talk about some incredibly important stuff — racial reconciliation, what we as humans and Christians can learn from the racial events of 2020, and what it looks like lament injustice and other difficult things.
We also talked about how important art is to help navigate times of pain and suffering.
When I created this show, I had no idea that I’d get to have some of the conversations I’ve had on here. It’s so cool to see how God has worked through this. I’m honored that someone like Lo would want to use my corner of the Internet to speak truth to so many of these important topics.
Lo is the author of a new book of poems titled, “We Sang a Dirge: Poems, Laments, and Other Things that Matter to God,” which releases Dec. 3. About the book, Lo writes: “What you hold in your hand is not a manual on lament, but rather a glance into mine. It is a collection of poems, journeys, prayers, and invitations. I offer no answers here, for only Christ has those to give.”
It’s not a political statement by Lo, but instead it’s a raw look into the emotions of a black Christian witnessing the injustices we saw in 2020.
I loved this conversation and I hope you will, too.
Be sure to give Lo a follow @lothepoet on Instagram and purchase his book here: https://my.seedbed.com/product/we-sang-a-dirge/
I also want to invite you to subscribe to my weekly newsletter where I send out a devotional each week and do some occasional giveaways. In December we’ll be talking all about gifts, and I’ll have some gifts for my subscribers to win, including books and coffee! You can sign up here: https://mailchi.mp/5900c37e0647/coleclaybourn
Also be sure to check out this week’s sponsor, Almost Home Clothing. My friends Spence Sheldon and Nick Lawson started this company this year to help inmates ease back into the world when they’re released and restore dignity to their lives. Check them out online at almosthomeclothing.com and on Instagram @almosthomeclothing.