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So there we were (yesterday ) sitting in the historical Thurgood Marshall Center (located at 1816 12th Street, NW). I thought I heard Langston Hughes walking around outside the room. The Marshall Center is one of the sites for the Split This Rock Poetry Festival. A 2 pm discussion was called "Reclamation, Celebration, Renewal and Resistance: Black Poets Writing on the Natural World." The focus was on Camille T. Dungy's important anthology - Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry published by The University of Georgia Press. This book is dedicated to Reginald Shepherd. In her introduction Dungy... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
The Split This Rock Poetry Festival started yesterday. I missed the opening ceremony and the featured readings with Andrea Gibson, Wang Ping, Cornelius Eady, Holly Bass, Beny Blaq and Derrick Weston Brown. I was over at American University teaching a class of D.C. teachers who had been reading my memoir Fathering Words. I did run over to Busboys and Poets in the afternoon and grab the program guide listing the events that will take place the next few days.Thursday morning I have to go listen to Nancy Morejon. I guess one could call her the First Lady of Poetry for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
Yesterday, Holly Karapetkova's manuscript came in the mail. The title is Words We Might One Day Say and it's going to be published in a few months. Holly wants a book blurb. I met her several years ago when I gave a reading at Marymount College in Arlington, Virginia. I don't know her work well, so reading the manuscript comes with a few risks. Will I become excited by her work? What if I don't like anything I read? Will I send her an email and tell her I'm too busy with my own work? I don't think so. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2010 at The Best American Poetry
I have a house full of books. 4 floors. I recently informed readers of my E-Notes that I was going to give away a number of poetry books. I was amazed at the response I received. Many people wanted the goods. It was hard saying goodbye to my "children" but many of the books needed better homes. They needed to be read. One person who contacted me was Lauren Stuart Muller. She asked if I might be interested in donating some of my poetry books to the June Jordan School for Equity in San Francisco. I told her I didn't... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2010 at The Best American Poetry