Category: Poetry

August, #TheSealeyChallenge, and More

Hello, my beloveds. Long time no see! My apologies for the absence. I’m sure many of you, like me, have been struggling with the continued pandemic, the back-to-school season, and the rather horrifying events taking place around the United States and the world, not… Continue Reading “August, #TheSealeyChallenge, and More”

8 Rapid Reviews

I’ve been reading voraciously this summer but have definitely not been keeping up with reviews! I think that’s in large part due to the fact that I was teaching three classes and involved with two (now three – ha!) important and in-depth professional projects… Continue Reading “8 Rapid Reviews”

Thoughts: The Tradition

My “no pride without Black lives” month of reading continues with Jericho Brown’s incredible poetry collection, The Tradition.  I have been following Jericho Brown on Twitter for some time, now, and I have read various of his poems in other places, but this is… Continue Reading “Thoughts: The Tradition”

Thoughts: Citizen, An American Lyric

The first half (give or take) of Claudia Rankine’s poetry collection, Citizen: An American Lyric, actually felt to me like a collection of short, flash fiction. It wasn’t until about that midpoint when the full force of Rankine’s work hit me and I suddenly… Continue Reading “Thoughts: Citizen, An American Lyric”

A Successful Poetry Month

For the last two months, I’ve pursued some themed-reading. This is something I tried a couple of years ago as a year-long project, changing my reading theme every month, but it didn’t quite work. It seems to work better if I choose something just… Continue Reading “A Successful Poetry Month”

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