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Cave Canem at Twenty: Reflections From ’96 November 30, 2016: Recently, I called upon the mild mannered, ferociously enthusiastic cofounder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady. I was curious about his perspective on the last two decades of CC. He shared stories with [...] by

Breaking Bubbles November 21, 2016: “It is difficult to get the news from poetry, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” —William Carlos Williams I have that quote from William Carlos Williams [...] by

Cave Canem’s Twentieth Anniversary November 4, 2016: This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Cave Canem, the organization that calls itself “a home for black poetry,” the organization that, I would argue, has changed the face of [...] by

Jimmy: What I Learned From My Father About the Criminalization of Black Griot Culture and the Poetics of Rehabilitation October 31, 2016: We shall be riding dragons in those days, black unicorns challenging the eagle/ we shall shoot words with hooves that kick clouds, fireeaters from the sun, we shall lay the high white dome, to siege, [...] by

Abbey Lincoln’s Scream: Poetic Improvisation as a Way of Life October 26, 2016: We are standing under a glaring spotlight screaming at the tops of our lungs, from the backs of our throats which we grind together to access black blues unwords, thymus against heart, blue in green [...] by

DJ Rashad & the Body Electric Poetics of the Chicago Footwork Scene October 19, 2016: Right Temptation The synths fire like the loaded guns planted in the middle of the jungle gyms on the playgrounds of Chicago’s Southside neighborhoods, black breaking as jade breaks astral fabulous [...] by

Reparations begin in the body: A look at why the first and most crucial poetic gesture for a black poet in the West is a knowledge and mastery of her body October 6, 2016: Look for me in the whirlwind She teaches us that voodoo was used as a means, during slavery, for slaves to break free from the slave master. When the slave wanted to break free from the master, the [...] by

Searching for Tía Harriet September 30, 2016: Every once in a while I’ll hear a Latinx poet on social media describe getting published in Poetry as a dream come true. Invariably I’ll roll my inner eye. Sure, I get the prestige and the fact [...] by

Party Like It’s 1898! September 23, 2016: The day Prince died I had just arrived in San Francisco (fashionably late, of course) for Kuwentuhan (Talkstory), a project conceived and curated by the poet Barbara Jane Reyes, who co-produced it [...] by

The Machinations of Translation September 16, 2016: “Something that would definitively wipe out memory, maybe.” Juan Carlos Flores (1962-2016), “Machi-nation,” as translated by Kristin Dykstra I had been planning a post about recent Latin [...] by