"This work is unlike any other, in its range of rich, conjuring imagery and its dexterity, its smart voice. Carroll-Hackett doesn’t spare us—but doesn’t save us—she draws a blueprint of power and class with her unflinching pivot: matter-of-fact and tender." —Jan Beatty

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Monday Must Read! Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin

poetry-and-protestThis week’s recommendation is a collection, a vital gathering of voices that should be in every poet’s library, in every classroom where we talk poetry: Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin,compiled by Phil Cushway and edited by Michael Warr.

This stunning work illuminates today’s black experience through the voices of our most transformative and powerful African American poets.

Included in this extraordinary volume are the poems of 43 of America’s most talented African American wordsmiths, including Pulitzer Prize–winning poets Rita Dove, Natasha Tretheway, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Tracy K. Smith, as well as the work of other luminaries such as Elizabeth Alexander, Ishmael Reed, and Sonia Sanchez. Included are poems such as “No Wound of Exit” by Patricia Smith, “We Are Not Responsible” by Harryette Mullen, and “Poem for My Father” by Quincy Troupe. Each is accompanied by a photograph of the poet along with a first-person biography. The anthology also contains personal essays on race such as “The Talk” by Jeannine Amber and works by Harry Belafonte, Amiri Baraka, and The Reverend Dr. William Barber II, architect of the Moral Mondays movement, as well as images and iconic political posters of the Black Lives Matter movement, Malcolm X, and the Black Panther Party. Taken together, Of Poetry and Protest gives voice to the current conversation about race in America while also providing historical and cultural context. It serves as an excellent introduction to African American poetry and is a must-have for every reader committed to social justice and racial harmony.”

Buy Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin Here

More on this collection online

Of Poetry and Protest in Poets & Writers

Michael Warr on The Morning Mixtape discussing Of Poetry and Protest

Of Poetry and Protest Readings

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Prompt <3 What Will We Leave Behind?

 

26 June 2016

“I leave to you a curious loom,
That I have wrought my dreams upon;
I beg you lay your hand to it
and weave a pattern when I’m gone.”

~James Lovell

Make art about legacy.

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Daily Prompt Love <3 Country Traffic Jam

 

25 June 2016

Encountered a little slow down on the road yesterday 🙂 Three calves had broken out and were gleefully chasing around, having a high old time 🙂

Make art about unexpected obstacles. 🙂 Or about unexpected freedom 🙂

cows in the road

 

 

Sometimes the Prompt Is Left Behind For You

Daily Prompt
 
Just drafted a poem called The Words Mama Left Me.
 
Make art about inheritance.
 
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