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Apr.02.2013
National Poetry Month 2013
Greetings!  And Happy National Poetry Month! As in previous years, I will be blogging elsewhere this April in celebration of all things poetry.  Unlike before, when I was tackling a poem-a-day challenge on a temporary blog I'd set up for the purpose, this year I will be sharing poetry-...
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Oct.27.2012
Greetings!  It's been another month of Sundays since I posted here, but I'm back to share a brief response to a movie I saw recently: the latest film adaptation of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights.  I was very interested to see it, not least because it is the first film to cast a black...
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Aug.17.2012
Samein Priester and his daughter Syann
"I learned how to be a father from my mother." -- Amazing final line of a short film by a young filmmaker named Samein Priester.  I read about him and his work (and the amazing former colleague I didn't know I had, visual artist Denyse Thomasos) on a wonderful website/blog called Gwarlingo....
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Aug.06.2012
The 6th Annual Welcome to Boog City Poetry and Music Festival
Greetings!  It's been so long since I posted here, I almost feel like I need someone's permission to do it.  : ) This is just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed participating in the 6th Annual Welcome to Boog City Poetry and Music Festival yesterday!  It was sweltering -- not...
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May.03.2012
CURA Personalis: A Reading Gala
Greetings!  If you like a festive occasion -- and like poetry -- and like to support a worthy cause, have I got the event for you!  This Friday evening (tomorrow!), you can satisfy all three impulses at once. Fordham University's new literary and multi-media magazine, CURA, helmed by the...
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Mar.23.2012
Trayvon Martin (1995-2012)
Today I'm feeling overwhelming grief, outrage, and pessimism.  The grief is a response to the recent murder of a black teenager in Florida; the outrage and pessimism respond as much to the long, bitter history of racism in the U.S. as to this specific case.  The poem below, originally...
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Feb.02.2012
Langston Hughes -- Portrait of the Artist as a Young Poet
Greetings!  Sticking with my goal of (more) frequent, short-but-sweet blog posts this year, I want to give a shout to four books that were a part of my January, in three categories. Just Read Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston -- This is a classic novel, originally published...
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Jan.15.2012
Who Are the Tribes?, by Terrance Hayes
Greetings!  In 2012, I'm going to try to leave a note here more often.  By definition, this means the note will be short and (with luck) sweet!  You may find me waxing eloquent here in my typical (long-winded!) way from time to time, but mostly not.  Let's see how this works!...
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Dec.21.2011
Delirious Hem
Oh, Red Room!  You have been around the top of my list of things I'd like to do (spend time reading and blogging here, that is) but don't have enough hours in the day for.  It's been too long . . . I hope this note finds all readers well, warm, and conscious of whatever there is of...
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Oct.31.2011
NC, Here I Come!
Greetings, readers!  Where have you been??? Oh, yes, of course -- that's right -- I'm the one who's been away.  : )  But I have a good excuse!  I have been, among other things, doing a bit of traveling to promote my book and, perhaps, meeting or reconnecting with some of the...
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Sep.04.2011
Brooklyn Book Festival
[UPDATE: My panel was switched with another scheduled for a different hour in the same venue.  The post below now contains the corrected info.] Greetings!  I'm slipping in a short post on this Labor Day weekend (Happy Labor Day, to workers and labor union members everywhere!), because I...
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Aug.12.2011
Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry
Greetings!  I am excited to be able to say that, at long last, my critical book, Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry, is on its way into the world! I haven't written much in this blog about the scholarship I do in my role as Associate Professor of...
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Aug.01.2011
The Barn at Millay Colony
Greetings!  I am back at the computer -- the internet-connected computer, I should say -- after nearly a month being as away from email and online activities as I could possibly manage.  I was fortunate to have been awarded a residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz, NY, and I was...
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Jun.14.2011
Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones
Greetings!  This will be a short and sweet little entry, but hopefully better than a long silence.  : )   I wanted to provide a bit of an update before too much time got away from me. The first half of my entry today is part-friend-bragging, part-book-recommending.  A very good friend (and fellow...
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May.21.2011
Lorraine Hansberry
Greetings! Well, I can hardly believe how long it has been since I posted a new blog entry.  The past few months have been very full, with work and with the rewards of work, but I never meant it to preclude me from writing here entirely.  I will try to ease back into a more regular habit of writing...
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