Universal threads: Poet Glenis Redmond, mom, daughters find life experiences bind them

One of my most favorite Poetic Conversations at the Peace Center with my family. This conversations is connected to my poetry. It is about lineage.

“Storytelling comes naturally to the three generations of women in Glenis Redmond’s family.

And one thing that comes out in a long conversation with the women is that universal truths and experiences emerge from a life’s most specific details.

Glenis is a longtime poet, and she discovered a while back that her mother Jeanette Redmond has a way of mesmerizing the room. The event was a book discussion of “The Color Purple” in advance of the Peace Center’s production of the Alice Walker classic.

Everyone was dressed in purple, Glenis recalled, but Jeanette “outdressed everybody, with her purple hat.”