ON TUESDAY the writer of 2019's Scattered Clouds and working archivist at UDC's Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives, Reuben Jackson, stopped in for a chat with the DC Public Library's radio podcast. Reuben, who studied library science at Goddard College in Vermont, shares his thoughts on the "Old DC" and reads from his new collection of poetry. This is a not-to-miss edition of the wonderful "All Things Local" podcast hosted by Ray Barker.
Scattered Clouds is a volume of lyrical, emotionally forthright meditations on love, loss, and longing. The volume contains the complete text of the author’s award-winning first collection, fingering the keys; his nationally lauded poem, “For Trayvon Martin”; and his suite of ruminations on a long-time and deeply missed friend, the late barbershop owner Amir Yasin, and his widow Khadijah Rollins. These poems, exploring Amir’s late-life romance with Kadijah, became a national internet sensation.