Reviews and Blog Posts: African-American poetry

Denver Public Library Celebrates National Poetry Month

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance."
Carl Sandburg

April is National Poetry Month, initiated in 1996, by the Academy of American Poets.

The purpose was to highlight the effects of Poetry in all facets of culture, both on a national and international scale, and a way to focus on the importance of poetic expression in our daily lives.

Homegirls & handgrenades

by Sonia Sanchez

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Sonia Sanchez is a national treasure, as a poet and as an activist who never ignores the humanity of anyone on any side of a struggle. Her work speaks to huge issues of struggle, oppression, justice and love. But she does so in such human terms that we see how...

Our souls have grown deep like the rivers Black poets read their work.

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This 2-CD audio collection of Black writers reading from their work was both a joy and education for me. The compilation covers over a century of writing, ranging from the late nineteenth century scholar W.E.B. DuBois to contemporary twenty-first spoken word poets Saul Williams and Tracie Morris.

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