US Poet Laureate Rita Dove is April 7 Poet of the Day. Read more about this talented poet below.
Poetry Foundation: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/rita-dove
Academy of Achievement: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/dov0bio-1
Poetry Archive: http://www.poetryarchive.org/poet/rita-dove
Library of Congress Web Guides: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/dove/
I love the hour before takeoff,
that stretch of no time, no home
but the gray vinyl seats linked like
unfolding paper dolls. Soon we shall
be summoned to the gate, soon enough
there’ll be the clumsy procedure of row numbers
and perforated stubs—but for now
I can look at these ragtag nuclear families
with their cooing and bickering
or the heeled bachelorette trying
to ignore a baby’s wail and the baby’s
exhausted mother waiting to be called up early
while the athlete, one monstrous hand
asleep on his duffel bag, listens,
perched like a seal trained for the plunge.
Even the lone executive
who has wandered this far into summer
with his lasered itinerary, briefcase
knocking his knees—even he
has worked for the pleasure of bearing
no more than a scrap of himself
into this hall. He’ll dine out, she’ll sleep late,
they’ll let the sun burn them happy all morning
—a little hope, a little whimsy
before the loudspeaker blurts
and we leap up to become
Flight 828, now boarding at Gate 17.
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
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.
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
Henrietta Cordelia Ray, a poet, educator, and activist, is Day 5 Poet of the Day. Read more about this pioneering poet below.
Poems from Poets.org: “Life”:http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/life-1, “Aspiration”:http://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/aspiration
African American Registry: http://aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/henrietta-ray-fine-black-poet-and-biographer
April is Poetry Month! Each day this month I will post a poem written by a person of color. Today’s poem, by Lucille Clifton, comes from the Poetry Foundation. This link also includes educator’s resources: discussion questions, writing ideas, and teacher tips.
Won’t You Celebrate With Me by Lucille Clifton: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/learning/poem/181377
Author and Playwright Pearl Cleage is Day 20 Woman of the Day. A prolific writer of several books and plays including “What Looks Like Crazy on an Ordinary Day”, “Flying West” and more. Read more about this multitalented writer below.
Black Past.org: http://www.blackpast.org/aah/cleage-pearl-1948
Youtube videos: AARP Black Community Bookclub: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wL-F6BrDFRg, reading from her memoir “Things I Should Have Told My Daugher”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnFkhlQJZHg
Lucille Clifton, award winning poet and author of the acclaimed Everett Anderson series, is featured in Day 22 of the 28 Days Later Campaign from The Brown Bookshelf. Read about this multi-talented writer here: http://thebrownbookshelf.com/2015/02/22/day-22-lucille-clifton/
On this day, in 1901, Sterling Allen Brown was born. He became a poet, literary critic, editor and more. I curated some resources about Brown on my April 9 Poet of the Day post. For more information about him, check out that post.