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"I don’t think I’m ever going to do an entire poem that’s going to be understood by a particular group all the way through."
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“I don’t think I’m ever going to do an entire poem that’s going to be understood by a particular group all the way through. I also realize that when I’m listening to someone else’s reading and I can’t immediately latch onto the narrative, then I’m fascinated by the craft.
On July 18, 2016, one year ago today, Patricia Smith, the parent of one of four Americans killed in the terrorist attack on the American embassy in Benghazi, Libya, spoke at the Republican National Convention, saying: “I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.” The following month she and another parent of a victim filed a lawsuit against Secretary Clinton, holding her legally responsible due to her use of a private email server. 682 more words
This term, I have been teaching a new course on contemporary Black women poets. I developed my course as an intervention in a literary canon (and a college course catalog) where Black women are under-represented—perhaps particularly Black women poets, and definitely contemporary Black women poets. 2,491 more words