It seems no one really cares to know why we don't know each other. Go figure. I say we set up a lunch or dinner, shoot the shinola, get this thing figured out. Kenneth? Rachel (I imagine you hugely pregnant)? Kwame, you coming this way anytime soon? Jeff?
I see us as a United Nations of poetry. All hope lies with us. We must not fail.

Originally Published: April 8th, 2007

Patricia Smith has been called “a testament to the power of words to change lives.” She is the author of seven books of poetry, including Incendiary Art (2017), winner of an NAACP Image Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award; Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah (2012), which won the Lenore Marshall...

  1. April 9, 2007
     Frances-Anne Solomon

    You guys are funny...

  2. April 9, 2007

    If you mean that nobody's commenting and thus not care, I think you're mistaken. I'm enjoying the dialogue but don't have anything to add to it. If you mean that your fellow poets haven't said much yet, maybe the holidays are at play here. I hope that's all it is, at least.

  3. April 9, 2007
     Kwame Dawes

    A few years ago, a Canadian publishing organization sent me a promotional package announcing with great joy that I had been selected as one of a new group of gifted writers to be promoted throughout Canada. I was now part of the "ALMOST FAMOUS" cadre of writers. I swear, that is what we were being promoted as! Well, I tried to be flattered even as I felt properly put in my place. Our problem is that we are "almost famous". If you are insulted, then I am likely right. If you are not insulted, then I am likely right. We will soon be quite famous and able to say, "I may not know you, but you certainly know me." (smile)
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