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Journal, Day Five February 10, 2006: From Slam to the Academy—Is It Really That Long a Stretch? I learned a lot about poetry on the stage of the Green Mill, the birthplace of the National Poetry Slam. There, I was able to hone the art of delivering a poem, and I was able to learn a few things about how to write a poem. Slam, for the uninitiated, is a kind of Poetry Olympics, [...] by

Journal, Day Four February 9, 2006: the art/ the music/ the vision/ the call/ the love. this alphabet intoxicated, nappyheaded scribbler of verse has been sponsored, many times unwittingly, by the following musicians/writers/artists/ spirit beings who he be stuffin into his ears and eyes and rubbin all up against in his dreamscapes. this poet ponders the wonderheat of sharing [...] by

Journal, Day Three February 8, 2006: Rev. James Lowery—my favorite poet of the day! I want to send a shout out to Rev. James Lowery, who had the temerity to describe the craven, psycopathic, mendacious, avaricious, cowardly, evilly clownish, blood sucking, vampire-like machinations of the Bush administration in a note of protest during Coretta Scott King’s funeral. Bush [...] by

Journal, Day Two February 7, 2006: Hustlin’ the music, blessings of student radio, AACM, etc … Counting on the music to take me there … I lived in Chicago for about 18 years, and while I was there, I had the opportunity to listen to so much music that wrapped me up and took me there—there being that place where I could unhinge my senses and relocate my gut. Ahhhh, [...] by

Journal, Day One February 6, 2006: Hi! I'm Tyehimba Jess, and I am really glad to host this blog for the next week! It is with deep satisfaction and joy that I am able to announce the first anthology of verse from Cave Canem, an organization committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices in African American poetry. Gathering Ground : A Reader Celebrating Cave Canem's [...] by