Tag Archives: Dialogue on Race and Poetry

‘I Have A Right to be Angry’: The Power and Pain of #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

Essay by Victor D. Infante, Poems by Alan King, Christina Springer, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib, Casey Rocheteau, Sonya Renee Taylor and Danez Smith

It is agonizing to witness a community wailing in despair, to hear the pain echo across the sky. But … Continue reading

Clipped Wings and Fearful Trills: Maya Angelou, the ’80s and the Obfuscation of African-American Poetry

By Victor D. Infante

When Maya Angelou died Wednesday, I told a story to my co-workers that I don’t think I’ve ever told before: That in my early teens, I read my way through the Laguna Beach Public Library’s poetry … Continue reading