Dear Ale is a pop-up podcast about being separated from the ones you love during a global pandemic.
My girlfriend is stranded in Peru, and I am writing her a love letter everyday until she is able to return home. By broadcasting this journey live, I’m hoping to support other folks who are missing someone they care about and struggling to keep it together. Let’s put more love into the universe!
When the one you love goes on a long journey and doesn’t come back — including a reading of the Louise Glück poem, “Happiness.”
The speed of time (and love) changes in a pandemic — including a reading of the Rumi poem, “Chinese Art & Greek Art.”
It’s time to return to the simple, everyday pleasures — including a reading of “The Charm of 5:30” by David Berman.
Letting go of our anxiety-ridden narratives about what’s going to happen — including a reading of a Sappho poem.
We were so innocent before. Taking an inventory of absence and a reading of the Rita Dove poem “Flirtation.”
Netflix escapism and imagining us growing old together, with a reading of Mary Oliver’s poem “The Whistler.”
Where have all the birds gone with their song? Including a reading of “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” by Gerard Manley Hopkins.
The mood of 2020 is a wave surfing on top of another wave, with a reading of the “Archaic Torso of Apollo” by Rilke.
Is a florist an essential business? How essential is love, beauty, and poetry? With three short poems by Izumi Shikibu.
Navigating this vast sea of emotions and uncertainty. With a reading of a Navajo incantation on the power of words.
Playing games with the universe to create the illusion of control, with a reading of a short Rumi poem.
What do you do with your dance partner when the music has stopped? With a reading of a Leonard Cohen song.
In love and war and pandemics, time is relative. There are weeks where decades happen. With a reading of “On Not Flying to Hawaii” by Alison Luterman.
We’re all seeing each other in our most intimate state right now. Plus, some positive news and a reading of the Elizabeth Bishop poem “Casabianca.”
Ale comes home. A love letter from the car as I pick her up at Dulles International airport in DC at midnight on April 10th after a long day of travel.