I’m not much of a poetry person. I never have been — not in elementary school when my grammar book introduced me to rhyme and rhythm; not in high school when I tucked the book of poems a friend had lent me beneath my bed; and certainly not in college, where I suffered through four poetry-ridden lit courses and an American poetry class before finding myself president of the university’s poetry club (a sequence of events I still haven’t been able to sort into an explanation). 1,421 more words
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"If artists everywhere were to give themselves over to agitprop, something essential would be lost."
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“At the other extreme are those who believe that, in a time of crisis, the ordinary rituals of making art must cease. Caplan notes…
Wonderful article on the relationship between Langston Hughes and the up-and-coming Gwendolyn Brooks. His professional friendship allowed her to flourish, and both of them, to speak more eloquently about the black lives in Bronzeville, in Chicago. 11 more words