"I've always written out of the expression of love," says El-Scari. "Not out of the expression of pain." But she says she was "urged to do so" by the movement Black Poets Speak Out, which started in response to the events in Ferguson, Mo.
For our series WORD, El-Scari reads "The Secret Life of Black Mothers." It's from her first book of poetry, Screaming Times.
All of our WORD readings, including bonus tracks by some poets, are archived on SoundCloud.