Saturday, December 8, 2012

Briana Whiteside's Markups of poems by Tyehimba Jess & Evie Shockley

Briana Whiteside's mark-up of poems by Jess and Shockley 
Early this semester, I shared a print-out of a few poems with my first-year graduate student Briana Whiteside. She said she had had little exposure to African American poetry in undergrad. If you're in my circle, I told her, you gotta read, among others, Tyehimba Jess and Evie Shockley. 

I gave Briana a print-out of Jess's "When I Speak of Blues Be Clear" and Shockley's "mesostics from the american grammar book," because the plan was to have her follow-up by reading Jess's leadbelly and Shockley's the new black.

A couple of days later, Briana stopped by my office to ask follow-up questions about the two poems. I was surprised and impressed to see her engaging mark-ups of the poems and decided to take a photograph.

Marking up Robert Hayden's "Frederick Douglass"

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