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Autumn Renga

Monica A. Hand

I’m grateful for Monica A. Hand, poet and Guest Curator, for Mom Egg Review’s VOX MOM blog page.  Monica and I have known one another for many years—we met in Washington, DC as budding poets.  Back then, Monica and I would gather with a handful of other women and share food and drink and good company while practicing the renga form.  I didn’t realize how much I miss having that kind of community until recently when Monica tapped me on the shoulder to try this digital, long-distance version.  At first, it wasn’t really working so well.  Monica started the poem using email. So a verse would pop up out of the blue and it felt, sadly, like an intrusion—just like email tends to feel (I’m speaking for myself here, of course).  We fell behind with the verses.  Then we decided to try Skype on a Sunday morning.  And—bam—the whole thing came together.   (more…)

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Past and Present Collide in Pittsburgh

A special nod to Teenie Harris, the Pittsburgh Courier,  and the Carnegie Museum of Art from Maurice Berger at the New York Times.  I’m proud of the people and heritage I’ve found in Pittsburgh.  The fight for a livable city for all residents continues.  The article mentions the Carnegie Museum of Art blog series on Harris’s work, in addition to posts by yours truly, Damon Young at VSB Magazine, and Tameka Cage Conley.  Shout out to Matthew Newton, too, for being such a fantastic editor of the blog.

Teenie Harris Photograph

Teenie Harris Photograph
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#blackpoetsspeakout: Khadijah Queen reads and collages Harryette Mullen’s poem “We Are Not Responsible”

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#blackpoetsspeakout

I am a black poet who will not remain silent while this nation murders black people. I have a right to be angry.

Yona Harvey Reads poetry from Kamau Brathwaite’s The Arrivants from Yona Harvey on Vimeo.

The text for Kamau Brathwaite’s poem is here.

Follow the hashtag #blackpoetsspeakout and surround yourself with more incredible black poetry anthems.  Thank you Cave Canem and the many black people out there holding it down.  Love love love love love love love love

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Terrance Hayes + MacArthur Award = Good for Poetry

 

 Good news for the poet and for poetry.  Read more here.Terrance Hayes 2014 MacArthur Genius Award Fellow
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Writing Away the Stigma Books Now Available

Writing Away the Stigm

“Ten courageous writers tell their stories.”  Check out mine here.

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The Volta Book of Poets


Joshua Marie Wilkinson is a dynamite editor. This anthology will include Cathy Park Hong, John Keene, Dawn Lundy Martin, Khadijah Queen, Hoa Nguyen, Christopher Stackhouse, and many other magnificent poets. 25 men + 25 women. Click below and donate at INDIEGOGO. Let’s make it happen, people.

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Forgiveness = “incredible mental gymnastics”

Oprah Winfrey interviews Maya Angelou, “Introducing Miss Calypso!”Maya Angelou

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“Love is a condition so powerful”

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
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Signals & Signs

FORBIDDEN FRUIT

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