Poetry can often channel grief, pain, solidarity, and resistance in ways that everyday language can’t.Black Lives Matter: Six Poems — Discover
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Reviewed by Lila Quintero Weaver FROM THE BOOK JACKET: Musician, botanist, baseball player, pilot—the Hispanics featured in this collection come from many different backgrounds and from many different countries. Celebrate their accomplishments and their contributions to collective history and a community that continues to evolve and thrive today! Poems spotlight Aida de Acosta, Arnold Rojas, […]
Dear Kwame Alexander, Thank you for making us openly weep last year at the ILA conference when you said, “The mind of an adult begins with the imagination of a child,” and “all kids are the good kids” When we heard you say those words and the room burst into thunderous applause, we knew […]
By Guadalupe Garcia McCall Poetry is where I live. It is where I go when I am most wounded. Poetry is the place I hide when I am most vulnerable, but it is also the cloak I wrap around myself when I know I have to speak up because I have something important to […]
By Dr. Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez “Before you go further,/ let me tell you what a poem brings,/ first, you must know the secret,/ there is no poem/ to speak of, it is a way to attain/ a life without boundaries” — from “Let Me Tell You What a Poem Brings by Juan Felipe Herrera […]
Although it is officially May, I shall continue with the April Poet and Jazz posts. April 12 Poet of the Day is Quincy Troupe. Read more about this prolific and fascinating writer below.
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/quincy-troupe
Books written by Quincy Troupe from Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Quincy-Troupe/e/B001ILMAXK
Sherley Anne Williams, poet, author, and social critic, is April 11 Poet of the Day. Read more about this multitalented poet below.
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/sherley-anne-williams
Voices From the Gap: http://voices.cla.umn.edu/artistpages/williamsSherley.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.
Tracy K. Smith is April 9 Poet of the Day. Read more about this award winning poet below.
Youtube video: “Imagining the Universe” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QW7WIJaSfl4, PEN World Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CGEI9vWOGxs, “The Good Life” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUn4DWu7b4U