"My initial encounter with Ms. Brooks occurred year two of an eight-year bid in a medium/max facility at Roxbury Correctional Center, Housing Unit III, C-Tier, Cell 17 in Hagerstown, Maryland, by way of a library cart."
--Randall Horton on the Harriet blog
My initial encounter with Ms Brooks occurred year two of an eightyear

Chasing Ms. Brooks

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who would believe them winged
who would believe they could be

beautiful
—Lucille Clifton, born on this day in 1936
who would believe them winged who would believe they could be beautiful

sorrows by Lucille Clifton

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Ken Kaufman
Jeanne E. Clark
Skaidrite Stelzer
All this havoc
just means I’m a poor wizard.

Once, I lit three twigs and fanned the smoke,
from miles away,
into the girl who jumbled scales through my spine.

Happy 20th anniversary, Harry Potter!
All this havoc just means Im a poor wizard Once I lit

Wizard by Ray Amorosi

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two oblong lobes
of rough ice
methane and ammonia
fallen far below
the Kuiper Belt
perturbed by Jupiter

This week's PoetryNow podcast is "67P/C-G" by John Tipton
two oblong lobes of rough ice methane and ammonia fallen far below

67P/C-G - PoetryNow

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“I will show you how to touch
The earth. I will show you how to die.
Eric Garner Emmett Till Freddie Gray
Korryn Gaines Trayvon Martin Martin Luther
King Jr. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz Fred Hampton
Kalief Browder Sandra Bland Rumain Brisbon
Akai Gurley Tamir Rice Laquan McDonald
Kajieme Powell Ezell Ford Dante Parker
Michael Brown John Crawford III Tyree Woodson
Victor White III Yvettte Smith...
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I will show you how to touch The earth I will show

Domestic Violence by Roger Reeves

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Enjoy a #poemsampler for the season!
Enjoy a poemsampler for the season

Summer Poems by The Editors

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When I look back on what created my own appetite and appreciation of poetry, two early experiences stand out. The first was my mother’s habit of reciting or reading poems. She was a Mexican-American raised in brutal poverty who had never gone beyond high school—exactly the sort of person the literary establishment usually assumes has no interest in the art. She knew dozens of poems by...
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The Magic of Speaking Poetry out Loud - Nexus - Zócalo Public Square

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Lilian Napoles
Judith Gervais
Poetry Foundation, Crescendo Literary, and the National Museum of Mexican Art host the Chicago Poetry Block Party, a festival of poetry, music, art, and community on 19th Street and Wolcott avenue in Pilsen. Guests of all ages can participate in workshops, visual art activities, games, and a dance party, and enjoy poetry readings and musical performances.

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Poetry Foundation Crescendo Literary and the National Museum of Mexican Art host

Second Annual Chicago Poetry Block Party

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"Coco say don’t climb / so I don’t / I sit & stare — my skin coming dark and burnt"

In this week's #PoetryMagazinePodcast, Don & Lindsay discuss poems by Mahogany L. Browne from the June issue.
"Coco say don’t climb so I don’t I sit stare — my skin coming dark and burnt"

Poetry Magazine Weekly Podcast for June 19, 2017: Mahogany L. Browne Reads Two Poems - The Poetry Magazine Podcast

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US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith recommends collections by 2014 Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow Solmaz Sharif and 2015 Fellow Erika L. Sánchez!
US Poet Laureate Tracy K Smith recommends collections by 2014 Ruth Lilly

4 poets you need to read, from new poet laureate Tracy K. Smith

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“Poetry is not a luxury,” Audre Lorde famously wrote. It is certainly no luxury for the “children of the poor” described in Gwendolyn Brooks’s sonnet sequence.
—Christina Pugh
Poetry is not a luxury Audre Lorde famously wrote It is certainly

“Velvety Velour” and Other Sonnet Textures by Christina Pugh

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I got into the VW Beetle, and Ms. Brooks laughed and said “Oh, seeing you is just like seeing a neighbor.” Cheryl Clarke on meeting Ms. Brooks.
I got into the VW Beetle and Ms Brooks laughed and said

Gwendolyn Brooks at 100

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Though hardly anyone knows it, the first person ever to attach their name to a poetic composition is not a mystery. Enheduanna was born more than 4,200 years ago and became the high priestess of a temple in what we now call southern Iraq. She wrote poems, edited hymnals, and may have taught other women at the temple how to write. Archaeologists discovered her in the 1920s and her works were...
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Though hardly anyone knows it the first person ever to attach their

Why Has No One Ever Heard of the World’s First Poet?

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Jeff Boire
Patrick Cotter
"Of course, you’re never through learning everything, every word about every tree and every leaf is just the beginning. That was a revelation. I could see more. It was like everything being much more than I’d ever realized, and that was just for one small area of the natural world."
Tina Kelley interviews Pattiann Rogers on science in poetry
Of course youre never through learning everything every word about every tree

Naming the Natural World by Tina Kelley

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streets blazed with suffering in that small
Alabama town
—Cheryl Boyce-Taylor
streets blazed with suffering in that small

Devouring the Light, 1968 by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

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Gerald Halyard
Sam Harned
It is conceivable that the poet is transforming the reader into the rotting building with its corrupt face.
—Angela Jackson on Gwendolyn Brooks's "In the Mecca"
It is conceivable that the poet is transforming the reader into the

From “A Surprised Queenhood in the New Black Sun” by Angela Jackson

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This gristly man he came he buttered me
then took me off (swore I was surely something) let me ride in back.

This week's #PoetryNow #podcast is "Moth"' by Atsuro Riley
This gristly man he came he buttered me then took me off

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