3rd of June 2021

Collective Futures: Writing Our Worlds

Since Cave Canem was established in 1996, its model of mentorship and fellowship has inspired a host of other organizations dedicated to the development of poets of color. In light…

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7th of May 2021

Black Poetry, American Sign Language, and Access: An Interview with Cynthia Norman

As the Coronavirus pandemic pushed many organizations and industries to convert to online platforms rather quickly, the need to center disability and access in everyday practices took center stage. The…

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8th of April 2021

Meet Development Intern Sonjirose Chin

In fall 2020, Sonjirose Chin started as a development intern at Cave Canem through her participation in the City University of New York (CUNY) Cultural Corps. The program provides internship…

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11th of June 2020

“Books I read at 3 a.m.: Pablo Neruda and Metta Sáma” by Jaqueline Johnson

We are living in a time of profound change which has affected our day-to-day lives and the ways of working, creating, governing and teaching. Many people are experiencing high levels…

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16th of December 2019

Poet of the Week: Amber Flora Thomas

Rattlesnake Having eaten your head clean off, my cat drops your plump carcass on the doormat. Between blood and purple clots, a bit of neck bone insists on the air.…

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9th of December 2019

Poet of the Week: Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

processional he lifts my grandmother’s body a sheaf of reeds he picked himself, cattails rustling in the wind he carries her as though he meant to make something useful, to…

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18th of November 2019

Poet of the Week: Christina Springer

Dinner Party In Yellow serving people fixture the mahogany paneled mansions with glass stained, hidden stairs, trap doors, floor board foot buzzers we freely imagine ourselves Persian ~ one flaw…

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12th of November 2019

Poet of the Week: John Warner Smith

Parted When I was ten years old my stepfather fished a sparkling new Schwinn bicycle out of the coulee bordering our back yard. All the boys knew it had been…

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5th of November 2019

Poet of the Week: Danez Smith

“Ooooh, you look like” usually heard in the context of trying to receive services from a service industry employee when you make it to the front of the line &…

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7th of October 2019

Poet of the Week: Nicole Sealey

A Violence You hear the high-pitched yowls of strays fighting for scraps tossed from a kitchen window. They sound like children you might have had. Had you wanted children. Had…

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17th of September 2019

Poet of the Week: Aaron Samuels

Joy My dad gave me an ice cream cone the first time I was suspended from school.  Let’s cut to the chase— racism.  My only mistake was that I played…

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9th of September 2019

Poet of the Week: Lauren Russell

Transitive Helen was never in Troy. She had been transposed or translated from Greece into Egypt. … The Greeks and Trojans alike fought for an illusion. —H.D. I am always the…

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3rd of September 2019

Poet of the Week: Alison C. Rollins

Why Is We Americans We is gator teeth hanging from the rear- view mirror as sickle cells suckle at Big Momma’s teats. We is dragonfly choppers hovering above Walden Pond.…

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26th of August 2019

Poet of the Week: Breauna L. Roach

For the 15 year old stowaway who survived a flight in the barrel of a jet They say you should have frozen. Your body found on the next routine inspection…

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19th of August 2019

Poet of the Week: Rachel Nelson

Fable After Kara Walker’s Freedom: A fable (1997)   Perhaps she would begin with the sea (where did it go?), or the sweet dim reprieve from the sun, or the rain she…

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12th of August 2019

Poet of the Week: Tracie Morris

Blackout 1977 Red hued brick and siding holding porous heat, stars blazed out Adjacent to the round-top cement building, a former synagogue We sat around eating fried food in our…

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5th of August 2019

Poet of the Week: Jonathan Moody

DEAR 2Pac, I begin with Byron & Tennyson & watch my students bury their heads on desks; they rest easier than the deceased. Dear 2Pac, it’s me against the world…

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29th of July 2019

Poet of the Week: Kyla Marshell

THE PENELOPE METAPHOR I forgot to mention: I’m in love. It can’t work. At least that’s what I hear about these inter-borough romances. We are separated by bridges and rivers,…

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22nd of July 2019

Poet of the Week: Nate Marshall

Oregon Trail for my great aunt & Jonathan Hicks my first venture west was in Windows 98 or Independence, Missouri. class in the computer lab & we were supposed to…

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15th of July 2019

Poet of the Week: Kwoya Fagin Maples

HEAVEN BOUND “All of my children have died or wandered away.”- Alabama Slave Narratives Here are the milk and songs from my breast. Here is his cover sewed from calico…

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8th of July 2019

Poet of the Week: Cynthia Manick

Mind the Gap Little E wants a smile like mine, teeth with a gap so wide a corn husk and tugboat could pull through. Or a submarine, lost sounds and…

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1st of July 2019

Poet of the Week: Alan King

I wanted Bananas— a bunch of them spooned body to body like small yellow kayaks. So I missed what you said about the war in Libya. When you say Gaddafi,…

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24th of June 2019

Poet of the Week: M. Nzadi Keita

Attic Window “[Ottilie Assing’s] letters to Douglass, which she wrote as a lover of more than twenty years, celebrated a familiar rich sensuality.” – Maria Diedrich Those Tuesdays when I…

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17th of June 2019

Poet of the Week: Amanda Johnston

BOWING IN THE CHURCH OF BEAUTY Hymns are swinging low from a cassette boom-box pulsing between dusty bottles of curl activator and ancient blow out kits made new in the…

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10th of June 2019

Poet of the Week: Jacqueline Johnson

The Last Rain Queen Your life was community property. Your will a kind of “nkisi” meant to serve other interests, never your own. Your actions were to be dictated by…

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3rd of June 2019

Poet of the Week: Brandon D. Johnson

amused I turn corners hoping to smack into you. I wait in subways for your escalator-hum sashay. I save a seat in stadiums yearning your long fingered caress when we…

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28th of May 2019

Poet of the Week: Brionne Janae

POSTCARD: BILLY HARRISON SPEAKS For Laura Nelson 1878-1911 when they had done with her and the torches were extinguished with dew, and she lay like something decaying in mulch, blood…

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20th of May 2019

Poet of the Week: Gary Allen Jackson

Goliath We prop the body up but it blocks the sky. If we lay it down, we’d have to uproot too many trees, and we cannot leave him in the…

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14th of May 2019

Poet of the Week: Darrel Alejandro Holnes

The Art of Diplomacy The diplomat kids at the international school were all from somewhere else, and those of us who weren’t, needed to be so I pulled a Sean…

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6th of May 2019

Poet of the Week: Sean Hill

Bemidji Blues for Arnold Rampersad Shadows bluing the snow, the pines’ and mine,bear the cast of a kestrel’s blue-grey crownI note as I find my way about this town. Blues…

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29th of April 2019

Poet of the Week: Shayla Hawkins

TREASURE after Vievee Francis’s “Epicurean” A broad chest, a barrel chest, chest that Atlas wished to have before he hefted the world’s weight onto his shoulders. A chest that I…

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22nd of April 2019

Poet of the Week: Alysia Nicole Harris

CROW’S SUGAR I stole a watermelon from your kitchen. I must have been about 18. I’m thinking of a black-eyed angel. The other boys said you wasn’t worth your salt…

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15th of April 2019

Poet of the Week: Carmen Gillespie

the blue black wet of wood Today’s rain is blue, a blue of skeletons and the underside of ashes. My footsteps pool in azure and the sea seeps through in…

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8th of April 2019

Poet of the Week: Jonterri Gadson

Rapture (Sonnet #1) On a Saturday morning in Palm Beach, middle-aged poets read stanzas of grief. Now I know it will always be too soon for my mother to die. …

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4th of April 2019

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Cave Canem Family & Friends, As we look toward the 25th anniversary, it is remarkable to think that Cave Canem was once just an idea of our forward-thinking founders…

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1st of April 2019

Poet of the Week: Naomi Extra

When the Protest is Lonely (Madison, WI 2011) Capitol.  For the I in consciousness, for when your feet Are muddied into the ground.  This is what democracy looks like?  Tell…

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25th of March 2019

Poet of the Week: Chiyuma Elliott

Fruit Tree If we are at war let the orchards show it, let the pear and fig fall prior to their time, let the radios die –Katie Ford, “Our Long…

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18th of March 2019

Poet of the Week: Safia Elhillo

second quarantine with abdelhalim hafez the lyrics do not              translate arabic     is all verbs        for what stays still         in other languages تصبح    to morning       what the translation      to awake      cannot honor  …

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11th of March 2019

Poet of the Week: Natasha Ria El-Scari

The Secret Life of Black Mothers I No indictment no peace Oh the feeling of when you don’t even have a poem in your heart. Just jumbled sounds and letters,…

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4th of March 2019

Poet of the Week: Mary Moore Easter

The Activist You Don’t See What you don’t see in the photo of me standing beside Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is my brown naked body limbs bent to match the…

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25th of February 2019

Poet of the Week: Dustin Pearson

The Thawing Season There are times when the door to Mom’s bedroom doesn’t open. Sometimes, it lasts for months. Frost creeps from the floor tiles to the walls, but her…

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18th of February 2019

Poet of the Week: Maurice Decaul

In The Meantime The gods looking down from safety resume their dispute about humans the interventionists argue for decisive but limited action fire   plague, while the pusillanimous remind the…

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11th of February 2019

Poet of the Week: Geffrey Davis

King County Metro In Seattle, in 1982, my mother beholds this man boarding the bus, the one she’s already turning into my father. His style (if you can call it…

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4th of February 2019

Poet of the Week: Teri Cross Davis

Haint no amount of dilation and suction hemorrhaging and fever could’ve erased you or the pulp of your carved initials made with the solid grasp of a still forming hand…

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28th of January 2019

Poet of the Week: Kristiana Rae Colón

a remix for remembrance            for my students This is for the boys whose bedrooms are in the basement, who press creases into jeans, who carve their names in pavement, the…

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22nd of January 2019

Poet of the Week: Adrienne Christian

dog in a dead man’s house I was a dog in a dead man’s house. I was a tooth in a dead man’s mouth. I was a rat in a…

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14th of January 2019

Poet of the Week: Cortney Lamar Charleston

In Theory, We Are All Human   Not a simple thing, no. Not to be taken lightly. To be understood, and I do, that is, get the theory of you:…

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7th of January 2019

Poet of the Week: Robin Caudell

Bass Line Patrice I know the rock From which you were carved The Archangel harping ‘Round your base Fire in your obsidian eyes Stoke a passion, a potential so Magnificent…

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2nd of January 2019

Poet of the Week: James Cagney

The Fire in Her Eyes Redefines an Apple The ritual of fruit beings again in June when buckets of smiling plums and blistered peaches arrive for her in cars altering our…

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24th of December 2018

Poet of the Week: CM Burroughs

Our People II   All cousins know the electric slide/ how to spell/despite the stink of it/chitterlings or chitlins/the odor of pig feet or catfish under a steam of vinegar/ believe blood is…

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17th of December 2018

Poet of the Week: Gloria Burgess

blessing the light after blessing the boats, by Lucille Clifton for our young people and their teachers may the stars that shimmer even now beneath the surface of our knowing…

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10th of December 2018

Poet of the Week: Jericho Brown

Labor   I spent what light Saturday sent sweating And learned to cuss cutting grass for women Kind enough to say they couldn’t tell the damned Difference between their mowed…

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3rd of December 2018

Poet of the Week: drea brown

flesh memory: an invocation in cento from Claudia Rankine’s Citizen and Akilah Oliver’s She Said Dialogues: Flesh Memory, Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who… the world is wrong. you can’t put the past…

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30th of November 2018

Photo Gallery: A Cocktail with Cave Canem

We thank you for attending “A Cocktail with Cave Canem” on Thursday, November 29 at Osteria 57. Below, please enjoy a gallery of photographs from the evening.

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26th of November 2018

Poet of the Week: Derrick Wetson Brown

A Poem for Peter of The Snowy Day You are a bright red cardinal feather Peter. You are me. A brown boy who scales mountains and slides down slopes of…

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20th of November 2018

Poet of the Week: Remica Bingham-Risher

Gratitude Each time I enter Autumn Care Nursing Home residents line the glistening beige tile. I walk past the nurses’ station—three, on duty, sitting behind the glass. None moving to…

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12th of November 2018

Poet of the Week: Samiya Bashir

Blackbody Curve Stairs: a rushed flight down thirty-eight; French doors unlocked always. Always: a lie; an argument. Argument: two buck hunters circle a meadow’s edge. Edge: one of us outside…

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5th of November 2018

Poet of the Week: Cameron Awkward-Rich

All my friends are sad & bright. I think door & there is. Open & here’s a room where everything you’ve lost is washed ashore. We’ve seen the news. We know the story. How…

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29th of October 2018

Poet of the Week: Keith S. Wilson

A SHORT LIST OF GRIEVANCES First, you are invisible, which is another word for Jesus she’s gone. Second, the medulla oblongata makes you automatic, so even when I am not…

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22nd of October 2018

Poet of the Week: Phillip B. Williams

Selvage A Rottweiler is the shadow of an angel of vengeance. The dog blows out a star’s light while scratching its ribs. It augers the fallen leaves like tarot, decodes…

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15th of October 2018

Poet of the Week: Lorelei Williams

Maroon Woman Run child past knives whips chains rape. Sold South. Don’t know your real name. Nor birth date. Sound of shame form in your mouth when your love come see how…

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8th of October 2018

Poet of the Week: Jacqueline Allen Trimble

Nat Turner Returns for His Stolen Parts and Finds a Sermon of Rage Nat Turner makes the slow trek through the attics of America.  He wishes to pull himself together.…

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1st of October 2018

Poet of the Week: Anastacia-Reneé Tolbert

Cow Girl the family pictures on the wall did not resemble the little polaroid girl she was & she was not the kind of woman who froze frame or posed…

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24th of September 2018

Poet of the Week: Samantha Thornhill

Most Beautiful Accident: A Single Parent’s Ode   I imagine the day you will ask me: why is our life that Bill Withers song, just the two of us? You’ll…

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17th of September 2018

Poet of the Week: Amber Flora Thomas

A Wild Thing If you thought there was sorrow in the bear, its one-eyed gaze from inside her teeth, shook against her jowls, and slobbered upon. If you thought there…

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10th of September 2018

Poet of the Week: Laura Swearingen-Steadwell

processional he lifts my grandmother’s body a sheaf of reeds he picked himself, cattails rustling in the wind he carries her as though he meant to make something useful, to…

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4th of September 2018

Poet of the Week: Christina Springer

Them Ghosts them ghosts gonna respect no privacy or tenderness hobble they tires like runaways pick out suspension busting potholes cut strings like ham sing the stillborn song holler down…

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27th of August 2018

Poet of the Week: John Warner Smith

Zydeco on Dog Hill Before they put Cousin Gladys inside the ground in a cornrow of fair-skinned Creole men, I sat in her funeral mass imagining two shadows dancing in…

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20th of August 2018

Poet of the Week: Danez Smith

at the down low house party  don’t expect no nigga to dance. we drink Hen, hold the wall graze an elbow & pray it last forever. everybody wants to touch…

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13th of August 2018

Poet of the Week: Nicole Sealey

A Violence You hear the high-pitched yowls of strays fighting for scraps tossed from a kitchen window. They sound like children you might have had. Had you wanted children. Had…

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6th of August 2018

Poet of the Week: Aaron Samuels

Joy My dad gave me an ice cream cone the first time I was suspended from school.  Let’s cut to the chase— racism.  My only mistake was that I played…

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30th of July 2018

Poet of the Week: Lauren Russell

Transitive Helen was never in Troy. She had been transposed or translated from Greece into Egypt. … The Greeks and Trojans alike fought for an illusion. —H.D. I am always the…

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23rd of July 2018

Poet of the Week: Alison C. Rollins

Why Is We Americans We is gator teeth hanging from the rear- view mirror as sickle cells suckle at Big Momma’s teats. We is dragonfly choppers hovering above Walden Pond.…

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16th of July 2018

Poet of the Week: Breauna L. Roach

For the 15 year old stowaway who survived a flight in the barrel of a jet They say you should have frozen. Your body found on the next routine inspection…

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9th of July 2018

Poet of the Week: Rachel Nelson

April You want to be the sort of woman who steps out of her boots and slides her leg into the dark water without stutter. You want your own beauty…

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2nd of July 2018

Poet of the Week: Tracie Morris

Blackout 1977 Red hued brick and siding holding porous heat, stars blazed out Adjacent to the round-top cement building, a former synagogue We sat around eating fried food in our…

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25th of June 2018

Jonathan Moody: Poet of the Week

Paranoid I’ve passed down my fear of the police to my baby boy who always sleeps, frozen, with his hands in the air. Corralling around dancing clouds, Lil’ Bo Peep’s…

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18th of June 2018

Poet of the Week: Kyla Marshell

THE PENELOPE METAPHOR I forgot to mention: I’m in love. It can’t work. At least that’s what I hear about these inter-borough romances. We are separated by bridges and rivers,…

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11th of June 2018

Poet of the Week: Nate Marshall

Oregon Trail for my great aunt & Jonathan Hicks my first venture west was in Windows 98 or Independence, Missouri. class in the computer lab & we were supposed to…

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8th of June 2018

The National Endowment for the Arts Finds that Poetry Reading is on the Rise

Brooklyn, NY (June 8, 2018)— Yesterday, the National Endowment for the Arts released information confirming that poetry reading is on the rise. Specifically, according to the NEA’s Director of Research and Analysis…

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4th of June 2018

Poet of the Week: Kwoya Fagin Maples

HEAVEN BOUND “All of my children have died or wandered away.” – Alabama Slave Narratives Here are the milk and songs from my breast. Here is his cover sewed from…

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29th of May 2018

Poet of the Week: Cynthia Manick

Blue Hallelujahs from the Hand         after Carrie Mae Weems Kitchen Table Series   In the right light I’m beautiful. Covered in flour and paprika balled cubes of meat, you can…

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21st of May 2018

Poet of the Week: Alan King

Swarm In a mob of school kids, two boys shove each other before they’re on the ground. They jab at air and grass, missing the jaw, cheek and eye. A…

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14th of May 2018

Poet of the Week: Amanda Johnston

DOMICILE a chair is not a house and a house is not a home when there’s no one there to hold you tight. ~ Luther Vandross Tucked under an overpass…

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7th of May 2018

Poet of the Week: Jacqueline Johnson

Carolina Legato (for Edna Robinson) Most Saturday afternoons found you in the parlor room. John Thompson piano riffs resonating through closed doors. Worked your magic on some young soul who…

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30th of April 2018

Poet of the Week: Brandon D. Johnson

amused I turn corners hoping to smack into you. I wait in subways for your escalator-hum sashay. I save a seat in stadiums yearning your long fingered caress when we…

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24th of April 2018

Poet of the Week: Brionne Janae

CUTTING again the blessed sunday bird went to fire whole. your momma, all shined in her church things turned over the shanty, she hunting for that good butcher knife all…

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16th of April 2018

Poet of the Week: Gary Jackson

Elegy that was already done before I’m trying to teach these kids about elegy when one of them asks how do you grieve? Everyone answers: crying, screaming in the crook of your…

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9th of April 2018

Poet of the Week: Darrel Alejandro Holnes

I Always Promised I’d Never Do Drag You liked me as straight as a man in love with another could ever be, and I did too. But you also loved…

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2nd of April 2018

Poet of the Week: Shayla Hawkins

MOJO WORKING Detroit, Michigan, circa 1980 Rhythm pulling me like a magnet to the door outside my father’s den and The Electrifying Mojo, deejay of deejays, talking smooth and deep…

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26th of March 2018

Poet of the Week: Alysia Nicole Harris

CROW’S SUGAR I stole a watermelon from your kitchen. I must have been about 18. I’m thinking of a black-eyed angel. The other boys said you wasn’t worth your salt…

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19th of March 2018

Poet of the Week: Naomi Extra

We Was Good When Sandy hit I was sittin’ up in my apartment comfortable & shit cuz my moms went shoppin’ the day before. She took us all, like me…

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12th of March 2018

Poet of the Week: Chiyuma Elliott

Second Life Words are tricky as paper. Fast as your hands can move, they can fold into a crane or a frog, a hat or a fish. Even though you…

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26th of February 2018

Poet of the Week: Safia Elhillo

the lovers khartoum in the eighties my mother with ribbons in her hair dress fanning about her nutmeg calves my father who i hear was so lively & handsome that…

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20th of February 2018

Poet of the Week: Natasha Ria El-Scari

Tweak There is a rumbling and stuff starts to ruin fall apart like your favorite kindergarten shirt like your marriage like your transmission during the final payment it all feels…

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12th of February 2018

Poet of the Week: Mary Moore Easter

The Activist You Don’t See What you don’t see in the photo of me standing beside Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is my brown naked body limbs bent to match the…

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5th of February 2018

Poet of the Week: Maurice Decaul

Quotidian The baby is a creature of habit, every morning a slice of toast a smear of peanut butter, a little extra on her spoon. White table grapes when in…

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29th of January 2018

Poet of the Week: Geffrey Davis

King County Metro In Seattle, in 1982, my mother beholds this man boarding the bus, the one she’s already turning into my father. His style (if you can call it…

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22nd of January 2018

Poet of the Week: Teri Cross Davis

Fade to Black Only now can pixels completely capture the mulatto ancestors born in Virginia, the freedmen of Georgia, the sharecroppers in Lafayette County, Arkansas, the winters yellowing successive generations…

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16th of January 2018

Poet of the Week: Kristiana Rae Colón

what i mean when i say vigil Purge: the living need to purge, forge a ring of wailing, fire a womb of grief, fur of teddy bears to mildew in…

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8th of January 2018

Poet of the Week: Adrienne Christian

how i got over – for marvin bell and t’ai freedom ford i imagined sisyphus happy. that great big boulder would give me beautiful shoulders. that steepest of hills would give…

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2nd of January 2018

Poet of the Week: Cortney Lamar Charleston

Melanophobia: Fear of Black How the moon, sometimes, is a scythe of hard enamel, sign that somebody may be left better-headless in the dark.   How the threat’s description is…

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18th of December 2017

Poet of the Week: Robin Caudell

Genetic Jazz (For Harjo) Joy Silvers Soprano-sax poems Blue-blacking Muskogee hearts Raven wings Joy Raps true Slaps hypocrite MITT (More Indian Than Thou) Who squint down Not so brown or…

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11th of December 2017

Poet of the Week: CM Burroughs

DEAR INCUBATOR At six months gestation, I am a fabrication born far too soon.  My body, a stone in a steaming basket. I remember you. —[Figureless] —A black kaleidoscope.  Turn. …

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4th of December 2017

Poet of the Week: Gloria Burgess

blessing the light after blessing the boats, by Lucille Clifton for our young people and their teachers may the stars that shimmer even now beneath the surface of our knowing…

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13th of November 2017

Poet of the Week: Jericho Brown

Labor I spent what light Saturday sent sweating And learned to cuss cutting grass for women Kind enough to say they couldn’t tell the damned Difference between their mowed lawns…

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6th of November 2017

Poet of the Week: drea brown

flesh memory: an invocation in cento from claudia rankine’s citizen and akilah oliver’s she said dialogues: flesh memory, ntozake shange’s for colored girls who… the world is wrong. you can’t put the past behind you.…

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30th of October 2017

Derrick Weston Brown: Poet of the Week

At the VA The man who shares a room with my father titters and jerks under the covers of his bed. His hair is wet and silver corn silk slivers…

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23rd of October 2017

Remica Bingham-Risher: Poet of the Week

Conduit Science says we are not autonomous, we carry each other in our bowels and bellies, in our brains. Cells, microscopic parts of us passed through birthing or breast milk,…

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16th of October 2017

Samiya Bashir: Poet of the Week

A small matter of engineering The old water tower once stored every drop we lived on. Its walls dark capped bricked beige as supermarket pantyhose still rise erect astride the…

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8th of October 2017

Cameron Awkward-Rich: Poet of the Week

Theory of Motion (6), Nocturne for them all I’ve tried not to write about these ghosts. As if this too does not turn a child to narrative. As if this…

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13th of July 2017

Elizabeth Acevedo: Poet of the Week

Conversations My mother calls and sandbag sighs into another of her lists: She found Papi shivering inside a bottle of spiced rum. Again. My grandparent’s bills are loose napkins that…

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22nd of June 2017

Phillip B. Williams: Poet of the Week

Selvage A Rottweiler is the shadow of an angel of vengeance. The dog blows out a star’s light while scratching its ribs. It augers the fallen leaves like tarot, decodes…

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15th of June 2017

Lorelei Williams: Poet of the Week

Identity I don’t want to be nobody’s poet- tree no sorry song no mystery no Billie’s blues no one drop rule no rebel muse Stop caging me I am my…

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8th of June 2017

Jacqueline Trimble: Poet of the Week

What if the Supreme Court Were Really the Supremes? Oh, how their bedazzled robes glisten as they glide into the courtroom, open wide their satin-gloved arms, flutter their long, store-bought eyelashes…

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1st of June 2017

Anastacia Renee Tolbert: Poet of the Week

Cow Girl the family pictures on the wall did not resemble the little polaroid girl she was & she was not the kind of woman who froze frame or posed…

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19th of May 2017

Christina Springer: Poet of the Week

Them Ghosts them ghosts gonna respect no privacy or tenderness hobble they tires like runaways pick out suspension busting potholes cut strings like ham sing the stillborn song holler down…

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11th of May 2017

John Warner Smith: Poet of the Week

Stars New Orleans, a Tuesday, 7:30 A.M. I’m sipping coffee at a McDonald’s on Canal when two young black men, early twenties perhaps, walk in, buying nothing. Suddenly, I’m aboard…

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4th of May 2017

Nicole Sealey: Poet of the Week

A Violence You hear the high-pitched yowls of strays fighting for scraps tossed from a kitchen window. They sound like children you might have had. Had you wanted children. Had…

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20th of April 2017

Aaron Samuels: Poet of the Week

Broken Ghazal in the Voice of My Brother Irrefutable fact / my brother is black jewish Kink hair & a wide nose / that’s gotta be black, jewish He said…

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13th of April 2017

Lauren Russell: Poet of the Week

Hair Her huffy histrionics take no heckling, that uppity puffed-up pastiche mishmash. The hellion half-breed’s hussyfooted a harvest, a windfall ensnarled in her miscegenated sassy nappery. Kink cringes at crumpling…

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6th of April 2017

Allison C. Rollins: Poet of the Week

Why Is We Americans We is gator teeth hanging from the rear- view mirror as sickle cells suckle at Big Momma’s teats. We is dragonfly choppers hovering above Walden Pond.…

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30th of March 2017

Breauna L. Roach: Poet of the Week

Notes on a Myth of an Invasive Species “The African bee has the reputation of being more aggressive, and more deadly, than any other bee in the world. But farmers…

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23rd of March 2017

Tracie Morris: Poet of the Week

Blackout 1977 Red hued brick and siding holding porous heat, stars blazed out Adjacent to the round-top cement building, a former synagogue We sat around eating fried food in our…

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6th of December 2016

Poetry Organizations from Across the U.S. Join Together to Form Historic Coalition & Launch March 2017 Programs on Migration

December 6, 2016—Twenty nonprofit poetry organizations from across the United States have formed a historic coalition dedicated to working together to promote the value poets bring to our culture and…

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24th of November 2015

Toi Derricotte & Cornelius Eady Chapbook Competition launched!

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