I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by African Americans by Arnold AdoffPoetry
This book is a very powerful collection of poems written by African Americans. Some poems were lighthearted and happy and others were written with anger and dismay. They talked about everything from slavery, to discrimination, to love, to the earth, to being comfortable in your own skin. What is great about this book, is that no matter who is reading it, there is a poem that they can relate to in the book. Everyone has had a struggle in life, and these poems embody the everyday struggles of African Americans. This is a great book for youth to be exposed to so they can gain insight into some of this great literature written by African Americans. It is not too often that works like these are showcased and it would be great to have students read and learn using this collection.
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That being said, I still have to write from the perspective of my own experience—my own black experience—which is that of an American. Though I am cognizant of a world outside of America, and desire to learn and appreciate other cultures, I find it ironic that when I researched black poems, purposefully focusing on famous African or Caribbean poets that have had a profound impact upon the genre, my research always led me back to famous African-American poets. Black poems are unique in that many are greatly affected by the African-American struggle for freedom and equality in the United States. Moreover, there a few other reasons why I believe that African-American poets are held in such high regard when it comes to black poems:. Suffice it to say that though African-American poets may not be considered the best black poets by some in the world, the preceding reasons have destined African-American poets to take the spotlight in the origins and evolution of black poetry, even to this day. Of course Phillis Wheatley lived during the s, a time when blacks were still enslaved, and their voices suppressed.
June Jordan posing for the cover of her book, Moving Towards Home. Gwen Philips. It does not seem reasonable that the majority of the peoples of the world should finally, lose joy, and rational justice as a global experiment to be pursued and fiercely protected. It seems unreasonable that more than million people, right now, struggle against hunger and starvation, even while there is an arable earth aplenty to feed and nourish every one of us. It does not seem reasonable that the color of your skin should curse and condemn all of your days and the days of your children. This quote exemplifies the life that June Jordan led and just how much of herself she put into all of her work, from her shortest poems to her longest books. She was an activist to say the least and she believed that the best way to address the social and political climate of her time was through her writing.
Warning: There is poetry somewhere in this blog, but you are going to have to dig deep to find it… The things I am reading and the things I am writing and the things I am doing are all making me think about America and Americanness. It is actually a profoundly insightful and clever retort, as that has to be the only available conclusion one could reach. In other words, it is going to be about race if you bring it up, and since you have brought it up, you have to be saying that you want me to vote for a white person because that person is not black. Instead I offered a statement that sounded on the surface counter-intuitive and wrong. And by people, I mean first and foremost, black people. In other words, the reticence that some blacks feel about Obama is actually a kind of xenophobia, the worst form of patriotism that seems unlikely for a people who have fought so hard to be accepted as Americans in their own country.
Yes I'm black, that doesn't mean I'm vulnerable to attack,I'm just like you, a human , red blood, emotions and a Being black wasn't a choice or intention Poetry Slam: . It reminds me that I am not the only one struggling.
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Words that make us feel heard and understood, that acknowledge our pain and how heavy life can feel. And sometimes we also need to get put back together again; to be reminded of the ways we can get through this, how we have overcome, and how, despite it all, life gives us hope.
Lamont Lilly is a NC based journalist, activist and community organizer. The presented selections are from his forthcoming debut Honor in the Ghetto Fall Plain but poignant, his poetry directly derives from the marginalized, from the streets of mass struggle, freedom fighting and the continued pursuit of Black Liberation. The Black Youth Project is a platform that highlights the voices and ideas of Black millennials. Through knowledge, voice, and action, we work to empower and uplift the lived experiences of young Black Americans today. You can get all of our newest stories and updates on BYP research in your inbox.
February is Black History Month, and to celebrate the contributions black poets have made, and continue to make, to the richness of American poetry, we asked twelve contemporary black poets from across the country to choose one poem that should be read this month and to tell us a bit about why. Them lounging streetcornerwise in our consciousness under some flickered neon of mannish-boy dream. Someplace where the rhyme is always as good as the reason, anyplace where the cost of gin is precious enough to thin but solemn enough to pour on the sidewalk for the departed, anyplace where the schools are overcrowded and underfunded and black and brown enough to not really miss the Seven, who were underperforming on the standardized tests and had been diagnosed as ADD or BDD status anyway. Anyplace where sin gets hymned out—straitlaced into storefront chapels on Sunday mornings—but sewn back into Saturday night doo-wopped breakbeats, finger-snapped shuffles of promise. We know the Seven. Know them like our neighbor's boy gone bloodied to bullets. Like our cousins nodded off into prison terms or hyped into the ground.