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Recalling History, Reframing Haiti

I spotted this quote on the Web. I found it interesting that Mr. Wendell, a well-off Harvard man of the 1800s would say this about Haiti. It seems so ultra, ultra-progressive. Nonetheless, here’s my attempt at changing the conversation. God if you’re listening, how about a moratorium on natural disasters for us (meaning black people, … Continue reading


Rita Dove Quotable

I love this woman, this poet. I have ever since I remember reading her poetry in high school. Imagine my amazement when I discovered she was a black woman! “Have you ever heard a good joke? If you’ve ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you’re already on the way to poetry. … Continue reading

Etheridge Knight quote

    ”Black Poets should live—not leap from steel bridges, like the white boys do.”  Source: poem hunter.com 1933-1991

Kay Ryan Quotable

I live walking distance from the Library of Congress where Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan, did a reading a week or so ago. In any case, I so enjoyed Ms. Ryan’s interview with The Paris Review. In fact, I thought I’d share a quote. “It seems like many people think that if you drive yourself crazy, then … Continue reading

Amiri Baraka Quotable

AA: How did you develop your voice (both literary and politically?) So many younger poets copy you (understandably so). Do you have any advice on how we younger poets can develop our own voice and style as you have? AB: Dont worry about form, except as a verb. Come from yr feelings! Let form be … Continue reading