April 6 Poet of the Day: James Emanuel

James Emanuel is April 6 Poet of the Day.  Read more about this poet, scholar, and activist below.


Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/james-a-emanuel#poet

African American Registry: http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/james-emanuel-poet-afar

Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3431200023.html

WingedWord Blog Post Interview: https://wingedword.wordpress.com/2009/10/26/an-interview-with-james-a-emanuel/

Dan Schneider Interview 5: James Emanuel: http://www.cosmoetica.com/DSI5.htm, Omniversica #2: James Emanuel Poet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjUP53j0d-U

Youtube videos: Joseph Langley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWHWm3iiFZQ, James Emanuel reading his poem “Emmett Till”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnZFPSPugNk, reads three poems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0Q3g5vNTQw

Poems from AfroPoets:

” I’m A Jazz Singer, ” She Replied
He dug what she said:
bright jellies, smooth marmalade
spread on warm brown bread.

“Jazz” from drowsy lips
orchids lift to honeybees
floating on long sips.
“Jazz”: quick fingerpops
pancake on a griddle-top
of memories. Stop.
“Jazz”: mysterious
as nutmeg, missing fingers,
gold, Less serious.
“Jazz”: cool bannister.
Don’t need no stair. Ways to climb
when the sax is there.

Written by James Emanuel


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