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April 10th, 2014
thesmithian

There are border crossings and hyphenations. Dominican, but not. Haitian, but not. Black Latino. Father. Poet. One of the fiercest writers…One of the most tender. Back-and-forth between Spanish and English. Rakim name-dropped alongside Ravitch. Some references cited and explained—Paolo Freire, for example – but the hip hop lyrics aren’t; it’s up to the reader to decode, not to Vilson to translate. That flips the rules of power and culture and literacy…

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There are border crossings and hyphenations. Dominican, but not. Haitian, but not. Black Latino. Father. Poet. One of the fiercest writers…One of the most tender. Back-and-forth between Spanish and English. Rakim name-dropped alongside Ravitch. Some references cited and explained—Paolo Freire, for example – but the hip hop lyrics aren’t; it’s up to the reader to decode, not to Vilson to translate. That flips the rules of power and culture and literacy…

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April 7th, 2014
thesmithian

Each section opens with lines from children’s books that, put in the context of the poems, carry profound, disturbing meaning.

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Each section opens with lines from children’s books that, put in the context of the poems, carry profound, disturbing meaning.

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February 26th, 2014
thesmithian

…he was keen to use European poetic form to testify to the Caribbean experience. This commitment made him a part of the boom in 20th-century Caribbean literature…

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…he was keen to use European poetic form to testify to the Caribbean experience. This commitment made him a part of the boom in 20th-century Caribbean literature…

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February 23rd, 2014
thesmithian

'…the do/you rhyme might be the most popular in pop music history. '

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February 1st, 2014
thesmithian
13 things my uncle told me before he died:
not everyone has the blessing to understand sadness
when waiting at the bus stop, it’s okay to smoke cigarettes
never touch anyone else’s clothes at the laundromat
it’s okay to miss the people who were bullets to you
when your grandmother asks you how you are, be honest
never be afraid to say “no” even after you’ve said “yes”
if someone tells you graffiti isn’t art, prove them wrong
remember people by their eye color not their clothes
you’re allowed to like dark chocolate with tangerines
don’t lie that you don’t have a lighter when you really do
turn your phone off every once in a while and find the moon
if you want a tattoo, don’t let anyone tell you not to get it
if you ever find yourself at the graveyard, read the names

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Reblogged from FLYEST FEMALES
December 2nd, 2013
thesmithian

Wanda Coleman, 67…died Friday…said her husband, poet Austin Straus…Coleman wrote more than 20 books, including novels and collections of short stories and essays…Coleman’s Mercurochrome (2001) was a finalist for the National Book Award…[she] was also a critic and…columnist for the Los Angeles Times, [her] scornful 2002 review of Maya Angelou’s A Song Flung Up to Heaven caused a tempest in the world of letters.

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Wanda Coleman, 67…died Friday…said her husband, poet Austin Straus…Coleman wrote more than 20 books, including novels and collections of short stories and essays…Coleman’s Mercurochrome (2001) was a finalist for the National Book Award…[she] was also a critic and…columnist for the Los Angeles Times, [her] scornful 2002 review of Maya Angelou’s A Song Flung Up to Heaven caused a tempest in the world of letters.

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November 5th, 2013
thesmithian

Zoraida Santiago announces “Julia de Burgos,” an event in which many…will render tribute to the famed Puerto Rican poet…

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art: Julia de Burgos: Raices 2012, oil on wood panel by Gerardo Castro

November 4th, 2013
thesmithian

"…let’s face it, two hundred years ago, if I’d been born in Jamaica, I’d have been a slave. On the ‘one drop’ theory of racial purity, plantations in Jamaica had people working on them who looked like me…Does it make people think, actually, what is race, what does ‘black’ look like?” Lowe wants the child she is carrying to share the legacy of her father, although she’s still unsure how this will be communicated. Will it involve having to say something like, Oh, my dad was black? “For years and years and years I never said anything like that. It was in poetry that I got to make a claim.”

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"…let’s face it, two hundred years ago, if I’d been born in Jamaica, I’d have been a slave. On the ‘one drop’ theory of racial purity, plantations in Jamaica had people working on them who looked like me…Does it make people think, actually, what is race, what does ‘black’ look like?” Lowe wants the child she is carrying to share the legacy of her father, although she’s still unsure how this will be communicated. Will it involve having to say something like, Oh, my dad was black? “For years and years and years I never said anything like that. It was in poetry that I got to make a claim.”

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September 18th, 2013
thesmithian

'…Elite oblivion teens make rich poems…'

say: for our last outing
to Bars never before had we laughed
got drunk gripping tight
to the joke, it rained
smoke rings, jazz music, hedonism.
Your trace
was hunger under silver cloches
this, a warm spell astounds
surely you muffled then:
“I just wanna cut and paste you
hold you, smell you, taste of you
is difficult to die
when you have a kind of gunk. Malignant.”

Blog, share, click, it’s important
to love and sign in,
log in, here’s your ass just for him.

more, from Rushda Rafeek’s ‘Anonymous Asked: What Is Dating Like in Sri Lanka? And For You?’

August 22nd, 2013
thesmithian

Shockley doesn’t write about aliens and intergalactic travel, but there’s still something far out about the design of several of her poems. And she’s dealing with space, at least in terms of the arrangement of words on the page, in some fascinating ways.

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Shockley doesn’t write about aliens and intergalactic travel, but there’s still something far out about the design of several of her poems. And she’s dealing with space, at least in terms of the arrangement of words on the page, in some fascinating ways.

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June 28th, 2013
thesmithian

Walker succeeds in bringing to the forefront of southern poetry, and in particular Appalachian poetry, a voice long under-represented, that of the southern African-American. 

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Walker succeeds in bringing to the forefront of southern poetry, and in particular Appalachian poetry, a voice long under-represented, that of the southern African-American.

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