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Borders Between Us

Saidu Tejan-Thomas is a young poet. For a long time, he had a story he needed to tell: an homage and apology to his mother.

2020 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2020 / Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. / Jay Allison / Transom.org , USA

Saidu Tejan-Thomas is a young poet. For a long time, he had a story he needed to tell: an homage and apology to his mother.

It's a tragic love story driven by the tangled search for a better life. It's personal for sure, but set against the universal perils of immigration - in Saidu's case, from Sierra Leone in West Africa - but by extension, from anywhere. Borders Between Us uses Saidu's poems as narrative drivers, reveals, and resolutions. These are not easy tasks for poems.

Borders Between Us was written by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and produced by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Jay Allison for Transom.org.


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Jay Allison

Jay Allison (@jay_allison) has been an independent public radio producer, journalist, and teacher since the 1970s.


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