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This summer we’re launching a new perspectives series—a string of interviews with D.C. residents young and old. You won’t find breaking news in these conversations, but we hope you’ll find warmth and humanity here.

A.B. Spellman is a celebrated poet and long-time D.C. resident and the first guest in our perspectives series. In this episode of Washington City Podcast, he sits down with our editor Alexa Mills. Listen to him share some of his poetry and talk about everything from how a grade-school crush convinced him that there was no such thing as God to his secret to making it through life’s twilight years.

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Music for this episode was by Lee Rosevere and Jahzzar, used under the Creative Commons license.