Black Poet, White Critic #BlackLivesMatter #poem Dudley Randall

Black Poet, White Critic A critic advises not to write on controversial subjects like freedom or murder, but to treat universal themes and timeless symbols like the white unicorn. A white unicorn? . Dudley Randall George When I was a … Continue reading

Black Poet, White Poet #BlackLivesMatter LaWanda Walters

#iNeedFeminismBecause # intersectionality #maleprivilege A white woman poet using a black poet’s invention… No actual reflection done by the poet, so the problem with *using* is still there. But that can be changed! Both poems are beautiful in different ways. … Continue reading

Hold on onto life. Love. “For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide” Etheridge Knight #ValentinesDay #BlackLivesMatter

For Black Poets Who Think of Suicide Black Poets should live — not leap From steel bridges (Like the white boys do. Black poets should live — not lay Their necks on railroad tracks (like the white boys do. Black Poets should … Continue reading

Black poets and #blackhistorymonth: links to poems and poetry books! #blackvoicesmatter #blacklivesmatter

Link to 2014 Black History Month poems is here. Link to all the poems on this blog by black poets is this one! There is SO much great, fun, exciting, beautiful poetry by black poets that reading them on screen … Continue reading

America by Henry Dumas. Black Poet. If we must die.

America If an eagle be imprisoned On the back of a coin And the coin is tossed into the sky, That coin will spin, That coin will flutter, But the eagle will never fly. Henry Dumas. From: The Oxford anthology … Continue reading

Black History Month- British black poet Shamshad Khan “High Time.”

Black History Month- British black poet Shamshad Khan: “High Time” Black elephants  jazz dancing gold and red grin i imagine they wave as they pass the window of my third floor flat just in case they are i wave back … Continue reading

Lula Lowe Weeden- Black Poet full of surprises and twists!

Do you know of the poet Lula Lowe Weeden? She is amazing and has these surprises in her poems! “Robin Red Breast” Little Robin red breast, I hear you sing your song. I would love to have you put it … Continue reading

Poems about The Body. Black poet Sterling A. Brown- Ma Rainey. Will pierce your heart.

Professor Sterling Brown, Duke Ellington, G Frederick Stanton– http://www.howard.edu/msrc/treasures_howardiana_vips-honorees.html Poems about The Body. Black poet Sterling A. Brown- Ma Rainey. […] I talked to a fellow, an’ the fellow say, “She jes’ catch hold of us, somekindaway. She sang Backwater Blues … Continue reading

Black Poet Bessie Head- Mandela’s South Africa

Black, mixed race poet Bessie Head, from South Africa and settled in Botswana. “Where the Wind Don’t Blow” My home is a swagger and a shrugYou know:When you get a smack in the faceAnd the pain don’t hurt: You are … Continue reading

Jazzonia by Langston Hughes. “oh, silver rivers of the soul” #BlackLivesMatter #BlackHistoryYouDidntLearnInSchool #blackpoet

Jazzonia by Langston Hughes Oh, silver tree! Oh, shining rivers of the soul! In a Harlem cabaret Six long-headed jazzers play. A dancing girl whose eyes are bold Lifts high a dress of silken gold. Oh, singing tree! Oh, shining … Continue reading

Black man: I’m a black man; I’m black; I am— A black man; black— I’m a black man; I’m a black man; I’m a man; black— I am— #OscarsSoWhite, Michael S. Harper, jazz poetry.

Brother John Black man: I’m a black man; I’m black; I am— A black man; black— I’m a black man; I’m a black man; I’m a man; black— I am— Bird, buttermilk bird— smack, booze and bitches I am Bird … Continue reading