Greetings! I realize I've not posted in some time and, fearing that it might be awhile again yet before I can sit down to compose anything substantive, I thought I'd just drop a few lines to wish everyone who is starting back to school these days a fabulous fall semester! I am back in the classroom after a substantial hiatus (in support of my research) and, as sad as I am to lose my unstructured time, I'm pretty psyched to be connecting with students again. The prospect of regularly sharing some of what I'm learning with a group of others who are (or may yet be!) interested in the same topics is exhilarating -- knowledge is meant to be shared.
This fall, I'm teaching an undergrad course on Black Poetry (which will deal with writers from the "long 20th century" -- which is to say, including this first decade of the 21st) and a grad course called "Black Aesthetics in Theory and in Practice," which relates closely to my current research. This will be one of those fabulous semesters when all of my work (even my work as a poet) will be connected and mutually nurturing. I feel so lucky!
I may post entries from time to time that note interesting questions or issues that arise in my classes or my thinking outside of class. Because often writing about things helps to clarify them, right? : )
The first poet we'll be working with is Anne Spencer (1882-1973), an amazing woman who participated in the New Negro Renaissance from her home, far from Harlem, in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is tremendously understudied -- so putting her on my syllabus (and mentioning her here) is my contribution to changing that...