Source: Day 24: Mahogany. L. Browne
By Rashida James-Saadiya Our genetic inheritance is precious. It is not a badge of inferiority for us to be ashamed of, on the contrary, we carry the struggles of our ancestors with pride – Tyson Amir In a 1968 essay, “The Black Arts Movement,” writer Larry Neal proclaimed that Black Arts is the “aesthetic and […]
Askia M. Toure, poet, activist, and a leading voice in The Black Arts Movement, is April 20 Poet of the Day. Read more about this fascinating poet below.
The History Makers: http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/askia-toure-41
Journal of Pan African Studies: http://www.jpanafrican.com/docs/vol5no7/5.67Askia.pdf
Videos: “A History of Civil Rights and the Black Arts Movement”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiTKQRfVu1Q; “Nubian Dawn: A Goddess Smiles”: https://vimeo.com/19921546; “Black Writers Museum”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyWFwuk1WUM; “Spit Fire Poetry Fest”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFwmsjiaHeU
Cheryl Clarke, educator, poet, activist and more, is April 19 Poet of the Day. Read about this fascinating feminist poet below.
Wanda Coleman, also known as the “L. A. Bluesman”, is April 17 Poet of the Day. Read more about this fascinating poet below.
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/wanda-coleman
Poet Society of America: https://www.poetrysociety.org/psa/poetry/crossroads/qa_american_poetry/wanda_coleman/
Afro Poets: http://www.afropoets.net/wandacoleman.html
Videos: “Where I Live”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPJTI8WWI0E; “Wanda, Why Aren’t You Dead?”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALI-QlOU_ok; “My Car”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF8G5qYP2UY; “Luvina Reading”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izl8ktxEI6U Interviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eltV25FLh_I; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7wzNRf6mJs
April 16 Poet of the Day is Saul Williams. He is a multitalented artist who incorporates poetry, music, and other talents to create his music and spoken word. Read more about this multitalented artist below.
African American Literary Book Club: http://aalbc.com/authors/saul.htm
Videos: “List of Demands (Reparations)”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDMtaIcrfQ0; “Black Stacy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRsgavuG4sg; “Amethyst Rock”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSR7H580e5U; “Explain My Heart”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_vUmvAXaWc
Terrance Hayes is my April 14 Poet of the Day. Read more about this poet below:
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/terrance-hayes
National Book Awards: http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2010_p_hayes.html#.VeKLE3vluEA
My belated poet of the day posts are slowly but surely coming! April 13 Poet of the Day is Anne Spencer, a Harlem Renaissance poet. More information about her is listed below:
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/anne-spencer
Modern American Poetry: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/spencer/spencer.htm
Afro Poets.Net: http://www.afropoets.net/annespencer.html
Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum: http://www.annespencermuseum.com/poetry.php
Kevin Young, born in Lincoln, Nebraska, is April 10 Poet of the Day. Read more about this award winning poet below.
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/kevin-young
Youtube video: “Blending Music in Poetry”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZ7s8xIp7dk
Poem “The Dry Spell”
The Dry Spell
Waking early with the warming house my grandmother knew what to do taking care not to wake Da Da she cooked up a storm in darkness adding silent spices and hot sauce to stay cool. She ate later, alone after the children had been gathered and made to eat her red eggs. Da Da rose late, long after the roosters had crowed his name, clearing an ashy throat pulling on long wooly underwear to make him sweat even more. The fields have gone long enough without water he liked to say, so can I and when he returned pounds heavier from those thirsty fields he was even cooler losing each soaked woolen skin to the floor, dropping naked rain in his wife’s earthen arms.
From The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, edited by Nikky Finney. Copyright © 2007 by Kevin Young. Reprinted with permission of the University of Georgia Press.
Melvin B. Tolson is April 8 Poet of the Day. Read more about this poet, debtor, and politician below.
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/melvin-b-tolson
Modern American Poetry: http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/s_z/tolson/bio.htm
Black Past.org: http://www.blackpast.org/aaw/tolson-melvin-b-1898-1966
A Song for Myself
Melvin Tolson, “A Song for Myself” from Harlem Gallery and Other Poems of Melvin B. Tolson (Charlottesville: The University Press of Virginia, 1999)
Source: “Harlem Gallery” and Other Poems of Melvin B. Tolson (University Press of Virginia, 1999)