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IN THE WASHINGTON POST: National Book Foundation honors group that supports African American poetry

Cave Canem, a nonprofit group founded to nurture the work of African American poets, has won the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award for service to the American literary community. This is the first time that the $10,000 prize has been awarded to an organization instead of an individual. Previous winners include Maya Angelou, Dave Eggers, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and James Patterson. The foundation’s choice is a strong demonstration of its renewed commitment to supporting diversity.”

Article by: Ron Charles

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Safia Elhillo – “To Make Use of Water” (CUPSI 2016)

“Dilute, I forget the arabic word for economy. I forget the english word for asine. Forget the arabic word for incense”- Safia Elhillo

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IN BUTTON POETRY Mason Granger – “Alexander SquarePants: Track #31” (Button Live)

“Every action has a equal opposite reaction, pineapple under the sea but you wont see sebastian, sponge bob obviously has crabby patty passions”- Mason Granger 

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IN ALL DEF POETRY:”An Unauthorized Autobiography of Albert Ayer” – Sean Mega DesVignes | (NPS ’16)

“I decided the saxophone, It needed a new agenda so this is what happens when calypso and gospel have a lovechild. But all of this is just sound, I never said this was jazz, if I had to give it an appropriate name I would call it slave grammar. I would call it the new holy trinity: negation, fracture, and protest.  Tonight, I’ll play so good you swear I could blow the Jim Crow out of a white boy.”

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Yesika Salgado – “Compilation”

“My Depression. My secret sadness. My ocean always asking for my body.  My anxiety

whispering my name at the nape of my neck. My hands and how they listened and

slammed against my body.  My body and how no one ever saw my bruises ‘cause no one

ever saw my body.”

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IN SLAM FIND: Crystal Valentine – “In A Fit Of Rage My Blackness Drags Rachel Dolezal…” (NPS 2016)

“Have you ever been called a nigger Rachel?, in a fight? in a university classroom?, in front of your thirteen year old nephew? do you say it when no ones around? whisper it like a blasphemous prayer sent to a white god, you think you black girl?” -Crystal Valentine

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IN POETRY SLAM INC: NPS 2016 Group Piece Finals – Union Square Slam(Taylor Steele and Nkosi Nkululeko) “Grey’s Anatomy”

“Death looks like freedom in the way Freddy’s arms swung in the shape of a glyph. A language he tried to write in mid-air as if we couldn’t read the trauma his body made on its own, stunned but not offered that gift of numbness. The nervous system is a delicate God, release it of its purpose and the body no longer comprehends violence.” – Taylor Steele and Nkosi Nkululeko

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IN ROLLINGOUT: J. Ivy talks poetry and dealing with emotions

“I think it’s important for any poet or writer to create works for people because we all hold unique perspectives and experiences. We all hold pieces to this grand puzzle called life. Those keys, those works, those books inspire us, teach us, and present ideas that shift our psyche and help shape our dreams. Reading is an art that can’t be lost. Reading fuels our spirits and sparks change. Reading teaches us so much about ourselves and the world that surrounds us.”- J. Ivy

Article by: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Joseph Capehart – “The First Time I Met an Atheist” (Button Live)

“close encounter with who i can only assume was Satan, wearing the skin of a child, panted out the only prayer that i knew. Grab the vegetable oil from the cabinet and anointed myself right there” – Joseph Capehart

 

 

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IN GUARDIAN: Sharon Olds wins $100,000 Wallace Stevens poetry award

“Olds, winner of the Pulitzer and the TS Eliot prize for her poetry collection about her divorce, Stag’s Leap, was named winner of the prize by the Academy of American Poets. The Wallace Stevens award has previously gone to poets including John Ashbery, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Adrienne Rich.”

Article by: Alison Flood

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IN THE CORNELL DAILY SUN: MEISEL | What Kanye West Means for Poetry

I always knew them French fries was evil man
Smelling all good and shit
I don’t trust no food that smells that good man
I don’t trust it
I just can’t”

—Kanye West, “The MacDonald’s Man”

 

Article by: Stephen Meisel

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Erin Schick – “Identity: A Love Story” (WOWPS 2016) Button Poetry

“but I know i like to be alone a lot. I know I am most aware of myself as broken when someone else is holding me together” Erin Schick

 

 

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Ollie Schminkey – “Pubic Hair” (CUPSI 2016)

“I have shaved my Pubic Hair over 415 times. I have shaved it in at least 12 different showers, over hundreds of miles, i have shaved it bare”- Ollie Schminkey

 

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Shasparay Lighteard – “In This Shade” (Southern Fried)

“I am often reminded, that my skin, has gotten me the most attention. Can be a distraction. I am a open wound, because i was constantly picked on by other kids”- Shasparay Lighteard

 

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In Button Poetry: iCON – “In My Skin” (WOWPS 2016)

“This is the poem that I’ve been afraid to expose my scars in.” – Sha’Condria Sibley

 

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In SlamFind: Ashley Davis – “Lessons in Healing” (NPS 2016)

“Healing begins whenever you are ready” – Ashley Davis

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In LA Review of Books: Bryan Washington: Foot and Hand on the Gates: “The Fire This Time” and Carving the Canon

“Here, in one volume, black life is being lived; here, a compendium of this life, and also its deaths. Perhaps it won’t make for conversation over dinner, but the names of the dead ring throughout this anthology. The text is as much of an assemblage of essays and poems as it is the other thing, the very black thing — the funeral song for the lost ones. The authors make a point to remind us that they are not, and cannot, be forgotten. They give us a place to go.” – Bryan Washington

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, ed. by Jesmyn Ward (2016), is published by Scribner and is available from Amazon and other online booksellers.

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IN THE GUARDIAN: Rupi Kaur: ‘There was no market for poetry about trauma, abuse and healing’

“She began releasing short poems to her followers – simple, raw lines that tackled tough topics such as rape, domestic violence and alcoholism. “That was really scary,” she says over coffee one sunny afternoon in Toronto. “But they did. They stayed for the poetry and that was such a beautiful gift in disguise.”

Article by: Ashifa Kassam

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IN HYPERALLERGIC: Reader’s Diary: Frank Lima’s ‘Incidents of Travel in Poetry’

“When they spoke about life, / their words became waves of suicide. / Proof that life imitates life.”- Frank Lima

Frank Lima’s Incidents of Travel in Poetry: New and Selected Poems, ed. by Garrett Caples and Julien Poirier (2016), is published by City Lights Books and is available from Amazon and other online booksellers.

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IN JUST BUFFALO LIT: Ocean Vuong at the Silo City Reading Series

We wanted to share a really beautiful video Just Buffalo Literary Center produced of the season finale of the Silo City Reading Series, a summer series that was started in 2013 and consists of 3 events each summer in the historic grain elevators along the Buffalo River. Each event includes a musical act, a site specific art installation, a local writer, and a visiting poet. The August 13th event featured Ocean Vuong, Sherry Robbins, Space Cubs, & Projex. Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky With Exit Wounds which was on Publishers Weekly’s “Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016,” he also won the 2016 Whiting Award and he himself has been featured in The New York TimesThe New Yorker and other esteemed publications. In his poem “Headfirst” Vuong explores his relationship with his mother which has universal implications. The beauty, the violence, the complication of the maternal relationship are laid out with exquisite precision. For more from Just Buffalo Literary DIVE

 

 

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IN KQED RADIO: Speaking Up: The Power of Protest Poetry

“The late poet Amiri Baraka once said, “I wrote poetry ’cause I always had something to say. Always.” Baraka’s work is included in a new anthology, “Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin,” alongside the verses of other poets tackling topics of racism and the killings of black Americans.”-Michael Krasny 

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In ButtonPoetry: Emi Mahmoud – “People Like Us” (WOWPS 2016)

” memories of my childhood live between the rings of sound”- Emi Mahmoud

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Royce Mann’s (14 yr. old white Atlanta teen) poem “White Boy Privilige” goes viral.

“Dear women, I’m sorry. Dear black people, I’m sorry. Dear Asian-Americans, dear Native Americans, dear immigrants who came here seeking a better life, I’m sorry. Dear everyone who isn’t a middle or upper-class white boy, I’m sorry. I have started life on the top of the ladder while you were born on the first rung.”- Royce Mann

 

 

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IN THE ATLANTIC: The Library of Congress Gets a History-Making New Leader

USA, Washington DC, Capitol Hill, Library of Congress, The Great Hall, Architectural detail and statue.

“Carla Hayden, a former Chicago children’s librarian who rose to preside over the American Library Association and oversee Baltimore’s enormous free library system, was confirmed by the Senate Wednesday to lead the Library of Congress, the nation’s largest library and its oldest federal institution.”

Article by:Robinson Meyer

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Taylor Steele – “All These Bodies (after Patricia Smith)”

“Another Black boy got killed today and he was my brother, but not and he was my son-” Taylor Steele

 

 

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IN BUTTONPOETRY: Rob Mitchell – “To the Black Kid in the Mirror” (Button Live)

“So concerned with being inconspicuous, you convinced yourself the higher your test scores got, the lighter your skin would turn” -Rob Mitchell

 

 

 

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All DEF POETRY: Terisa Siagatonu & Carrie Rudzinskis spoken word poem about womens sexuality power is a must listen

“The media has taught me that female sexuality is the most powerful thing in the world — by how much they want to destroy it.”- Terisa Siagatonu & Carrie Rudzinskis

 

 

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IN THE TELLEGRAPH: Geoffrey Hill: ‘poetry should be shocking and surprising’

Sometimes difficult and often very funny, Sir Geoffrey Hill –who died this week, aged 84 – was one Britain’s greatest living poets. He granted a rare audience to Sameer Rahim for this interview, first published in December 2013

Geoffrey Hill is arguably our greatest post-war poet. Over the past 50 years he has produced searching, searing work on England’s troubled history, the Holocaust, the meaning of Christianity and the decline of modern culture.

Article by: Sameer Rahim

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New Podcast from Rachel Zucker

A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

 

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Emily Eastman – “The First Time” (WOWPS 2016)

“My assumed reputation bubbling off me like the summer heat”- Emily Eastman

 

 

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Alex Dang & Dante Douglas – “The Shotgun Cabinet” (CUPSI 2016)

“Be the counter strike to the first punch. Don’t be a knife at a gunfight, be the spent casings” Alex Dang & Dante Douglas

 

 

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IN THEWORLDPOST: Britons Turn To Poetry To Express Their Feelings On Brexit

“After the United Kingdom voted on Thursday to leave the EU, many of its citizens are now turning to poetry to deal with the uncertain aftermath.”

“Brainwashed by the far right, a victim to your fears
How did you mark your ballot with your fingers in your ears?” – Paul O’Hagan 

Article by: Lee Moran

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IN PHILLY.COM: Edison High’s poets use gut-wrenching verse as an antidote to adversity.

“They will tell me the most terrifying things in the most nonchalant way,” said Freda Anderson, the poetry team’s co-coach.

“I want the kids to use poetry — I want them to have this notebook and have it as a tool, as a cathartic process,”

“They are like my kids. I don’t feel right doing it halfway.”- Coach Sydney Coffin

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IN SPILLWORDS: In My Garden by Seorin Kae

 

In the tiniest room
in the tiniest corner
where the weakest of creatures dwell
may there be a shadow-
a simple sign of tranquility,
a simple sign of hope- Seorin Kae

 

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At silentbroadcast: Sueyeun Juliette Lee’s Grasslands, No Wild

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IN THE LONDON MAGAZINE: An interview with Ian McMillian

“After writing lots of other kinds of things for a few years, lyrics, librettos and non-fiction, suddenly I had a rush of writing poems”- Ian McMillian

In this interview with Ian McMillan, The London Magazine’s Editor, Steven O’Brien, and Production Manager, Rachel Chanter, discuss Ian McMillan’s most recent collection of selected poems, To Fold the Evening Star.

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Sara Brickman – “Feminist Dudes” (WOWPS 2016)

Feminist dude has a lot to say about the plight of women. Until you get him drunk, and then he has alot to say about boobs- Sara Brickman 

 

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Christopher Michael – “16th Street Baptist Church Speaks”

“I was erected as a edifice to the All-Mighty, a place of worship,a rally point for justice fighters and a war room for commanders of the cause”- Christopher Micheal

 

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A RESPONSE TO ORLANDO: THE BRILLANTINA PROJECT

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IN BUTTON POETRY: Mercedez Holtry – “We’re Here to Stay” (WoWPS 2016)

Mercedez Holtry addresses Donald Trump and his Wall with a poem at Women of The World Poetry Slam.

 

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IN THE GUARDIAN: Poetry can heal – it helped me through depression

 

“in this illness I could write nothing except poetry. I never normally write at night, but I could write only in darkness.”- Jay Griffiths

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IN BBC: Sarah Crossan champions poetry as verse novel wins Carnegie Medal

“No poet writes words so that they remain cold on the page to be scanned from left to right in black and white and then examined for GCSE.”

“Poetry belongs to everyone, it doesn’t necessarily belong in the classroom or university nor in the bookshop ghetto next to 18th century literary criticism.”- Sara Crossan

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IN DAILY MAIL: Angry Yale students petition to ‘decolonize’ the school’s English department

‘A year spent around a seminar table where the literary contributions of women, people of color and queer folk are absent actively harms all students, regardless of their identity,’- Anonymous Petition

 

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IN FLAVORWIRE: The Definitive List of Must-Read Poetry Books from 2016 (So Far)

starting a monthly column that will feature short reviews of new poetry collections, although, as in this case, not all of those collections will have been released during the month in question. Here we’re playing catch-up. Many of these books were released earlier this year. Still, the reader will be none the worse for considering each of them in their entirety.” — Shane Barnes and Jonathon Sturgeon

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IN PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE: Celebrating 20 years of black poetry and Cave Canem on Father’s Day

“I want to inhabit your joy. … People are less inclined to do some of the awful things that they do and are more generous and are grounded in their humanity when they have joy,”- Duriel E. Harris

Beginning at 6 p.m. this Sunday, Mr. Hayes, Ms. Solomon and many others will mark the 20th anniversary of Cave Canem Foundation with a series of readings by black poets at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave., East Liberty.

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