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Poetry Foundation | Posted 02.15.2017 | Home
Poetry Foundation

By Prageeta Sharma It was my birthday this past weekend and I'm recovering from a busy trip to Butte, Montana where I was hosted by poet and scholar ...

The Conversation About Race Is Missing the Larger Issue

Sheril Antonio | Posted 11.18.2016 | Black Voices
Sheril Antonio

Even when we earnestly discuss race, usually in the context of yet another revelatory event, we are still avoiding the larger issue, which is rooted in the profound lack of education and consistent access to a complete version of our country's history.

Woman Reading A Book At A Trump Rally Should Inspire A Movement

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 01.18.2017 | Arts

via GIPHY On Monday, presidential candidate Donald Trump gave a speech to a raucous crowd in Springfield, Illinois. As he ad-libbed his way thro...

Want A New Approach To Racism?

Tina Lifford | Posted 08.18.2016 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Looking through the lens of systematic oppression, hundreds of years in the making, it is easy to surmise that there is no end in sight to our historical predicament. However, this is not the lens through which I see.

Stop Thinking About Racism!

Tina Lifford | Posted 08.06.2016 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Lumping people together means you don't care about who they really are. You are not interested in getting to know them. If we don't take time to engage with one another, we can never dispel the erroneous assumptions we constantly make.

Why I Constantly Think About Racism!

Tina Lifford | Posted 07.28.2016 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Racism has been constantly on my mind! This is unlike me. I tend to focus on what I want, and where I am going. No, I am neither naïve nor delusio...

5 Doable Ways You Can Change Racism

Tina Lifford | Posted 07.22.2015 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Working on the stage production of Claudia Rankine's book CITIZEN: An American Lyric -- about the "everyday" experience of racism -- has been teaching me unscripted lessons.

When Is Racism Just Your Perception?

Tina Lifford | Posted 07.15.2016 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Our minds get to choose how we see what we see. I believe in always taking the point of view that affirms our worth. This way, no matter how many rude, racist or otherwise unkind people we encounter, we do not have to let their bad behavior into our hearts.

Who Would Want To Be A Black Person?

Tina Lifford | Posted 07.09.2016 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

I love being black. I don't really care what label you use -- African-American, negro, black. You can even call me colored, or change the label a few more times, and it won't matter to me. I love the creativity, style, resilience and heart of being black.

The Poetry of Politics, the Politics of Poetry: On Claudia Rankine's Citizen

Dean Rader | Posted 02.10.2015 | San Francisco
Dean Rader

The most talked about book of American poetry of 2014 is Claudia Rankine's Citizen. In fact, it is hard to think of a book of poems in recent memory that has received more acclaim.

To See in Color

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 02.10.2015 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

As a white person, I will never know the sting of racial aggression, micro or macro, but I can learn to recognize my biases, to educate myself and even dare, as Rankine's brilliant work suggests, "to see in color."

Sacred Woman: The Generations Continue

Terry Blackhawk | Posted 07.13.2014 | Detroit
Terry Blackhawk

It's the Saturday before Mother's Day, 2014, and I am listening for happily the third or fourth time to iO's Arzelia Williams interview and poem "Sacr...

Literature Leaps into the 22nd Century, Lands Awkwardly

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

As scientists improve their ability to manipulate the genome, will a market might emerge for people who want to imprint quotes into their own DNA, or even their children's, as a sort of genetic tattoo?

What I Learned at AWP

Ming Holden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ming Holden

"Active prayer": It's what I would term Claudia Rankine's response to a poem by Tony Hoagland that angered and offended many readers with a racist worldview and language.