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Thomas Sayers Ellis: All Their Stanzas Look Alike

All their Selected Collecteds
All their Oxford Nortons
All their Academy Societies
All their Oprah Vendlers
All their stanzas look alike

October 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Richard Wright: Haiku

I am nobody:
A red sinking autumn sun
Took my name away.

September 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: Terrance Hayes, “American Sonnets For My Past and Future Assassin”

Terrance Hayes discusses his poetry collection, American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin at Politics and Prose in Washington DC on 7/16/18. Written during the first two hundred days … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

Video: How do you raise a black child? A poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston

A poem by Cortney Lamar Charleston — presented as a film directed by Seyi Peter Thomas of Station Film. HOW DO YOU RAISE A BLACK CHILD? From the dead. With pallbearers … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Claude McKay: America

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth, Stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests … Continue reading

December 28, 2018 · 2 Comments

Video: Where are the African Gods?

. “Where are the African Gods to save us from this misery and shame?” Lyricist Abbey Lincoln and director Rodney Passé create a meditative portrait of black masculinity through images … Continue reading

November 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

Video: “The Tao of the Black Plastic Comb” by Glenis Redmond

. Directed by Irving Hillman, this short video is an interpretation of Glenis Redmond’s poem “The Tao of the black plastic comb.” To learn more about Glenis Redmond, click here. … Continue reading

September 4, 2018 · 1 Comment

Margaret Walker: Sorrow Home

My roots are deep in southern life; deeper than John Brown or Nat Turner or Robert Lee. I was sired and weaned in a tropic world. The palm tree and … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

Margaret Walker: I Want to Write

I want to write I want to write the songs of my people. I want to hear them singing melodies in the dark. I want to catch the last floating … Continue reading

March 29, 2017 · 4 Comments

Margaret Walker: For My People

For my people everywhere singing their slave songs repeatedly: their dirges and their ditties and their blues and jubilees, praying their prayers nightly to an unknown god, bending their knees … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

Margaret Walker: Dark Blood

There were bizarre beginnings in old lands for the making of me. There were sugar sands and islands of fern and pearl, palm jungles and stretches of a never-ending sea. … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Phyllis Wheatley: On Being Brought from Africa to America

‘Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too: Once I redemption neither sought nor knew. … Continue reading

July 17, 2015 · Leave a comment

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