After the mass murder at
Claudia Rankine recently published a piece in the Times. It's telling though that she is known as a "prose poet," already attuned to writing essays. Earlier in the year, her book Citizen: An American Lyric was nominated in two categories -- poetry and criticism -- for National Book Critics Circle Awards.
But works by black poets seems absent at moments like these. I imagine poets, especially spoken word artists who are more known to address contemporary occurrences, are producing work on the subject, but somehow that work does not rise to the attention of many mainstream news outlets. Still, it's worth considering the voices, perspectives, and modes of writing we don't encounter even with the increased presence from black writers.