Wednesday, May 26, 2010
So this summer, we'll see if can cover about 100 poems by black poets. It'll be about quality and quantity. The typical succinctness of verse will make it possible for us for us to cover a large number of poems in about a month.
Our first week, we'll read several poems related to slavery. At the time and after, we'll cover canonical poet such as Phillis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Margaret Walker, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Robert Hayden.
We'll check out poems associated with the black arts era, including Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Carolyn Rodgers, Nikki Giovanni, Larry Neal, and Jayne Cortez.
We'll cover poems by the late Lucille Clifton. And we'll cover poems by a host of contemporary poets such as Tyehimba Jess, Kevin Young, Patricia Smith, Kelly Norman Ellis, Treasure Williams, and Natasha Trethewey.