Debunking the myth that people of color do not write in poetic form

By Harriet Staff

Barbara Jane Reyes discusses form and writers of color:

"Where did these ideas originate, that poetic form was somehow the tool of the white male hetero oppressor, and that our experiences as people of color could only be communicated in free verse? That if we choose to write in poetic form, we are somehow turning our backs on our own communities, precisely because poetic form and structured verse are too frequently considered white, academic, and archaic (hence, irrelevant to our contemporary experiences)."

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Originally Published: May 4th, 2010