|Jackson citizens checking out the Mixed Media Exhibit|
On April 28, I organized a mixed media poetry exhibit in Jackson, Tennessee, my hometown. I have done several exhibits in various places over the years, so returning home to make a presentation was a special treat.
One of my cousins is a member of a local poetry group in Jackson, and for some time now, she has been inviting me to coordinate a public event related to literature. We finally worked out a date and location, and so there I was.
The event took place at the Jackson Public Library, a venue that I knew well as a youngster. Back then, however, I was hardly interested in poetry, at least not in the study of poetry. Before my presentation, however, I took the time to look through the library's poetry section and was surprised and pleased to discover so many works by canonical and contemporary African American poetry in the collection.
For my presentation, I made it possible for people to read and listen to works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Lucille Clifton, Amiri Baraka, Tracie Morris, Eugene B. Redmond, Sonia Sanchez, and Dometi Pongo. The audience seemed to enjoy the works, and more importantly, they seemed to appreciate the novel process of using the audio devices and display panels to experience poetry.
Mixed Media Poetry Exhibits