Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A list of popular writings concerning African American poetry and poets

Obituaries by Margalit Fox for The New York Times
Jayne Cortez (May 10, 1934 - December 28, 2012) 
Ai (October 21, 1947 - March 20, 2010)
Lucille Clifton (June 27, 1936 - February 13, 2010)

High-profile reviews:
Are These Poems to Remember? -- The New York Review of Books -- Helen Vendler
Defending an Anthology -- The New York Review of Books -- Rita Dove
"A Post-Racial Anthology" -- Poetry -- Amiri Baraka 
"End of the Line: New poems from Carl Phillips" (rev. of Silverchest) -- The New Yorker -- Dan Chiasson  

Rap as poetry writings:
"How Ya Like Me Now" -- Poetry Foundation -- Adam Kirsch
"Word: Jay-Z's Decoded and the language of hip-hop" -- The New Yorker -- Kelefa Sanneh
"Unwrapping the Message" -- Bookforum -- Kevin Young 

Tracy K. Smith's Pulitzer-Prize Win  
Kevin Young in The New Times in 2012
Nikky Finney's National Book Award for Poetry Win
The Coverage of Kevin Young’s Ardency

Notes on popular writings concerning African American poetry  
A notebook on other ways of reading African American poetry 

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