Saturday, October 23, 2010

Part 2 of 2: Tara Betts & Antoinette Brim discuss their work, influences, and obligations as poets in the world for ZORA

Antoinette: I am so pleased with how forthcoming you are answering this question. I had been hesitant to ask it, knowing that this is a topic you have most likely been asked to speak on over and over. We are in a unique time in this country’s history as it pertains to race. Some are touting this as the post racial/racialism age, yet racism seems to be mutating into new and more challenging strains. So, issues of racial identity and existential crisis seem to be more important than ever. Do you see this affecting the course of poetry, particularly black poetry? Should it be? Is there such a thing as black poetry? Read more at:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

ZORA: a Lit Blog from TORCH: The Arc & Psalm of Tara Betts and Antoinette Brim: Part 1 of 2

I first met Antoinette Brim in the summer of 2006 at the Cave Canem Retreat in Greensburg, PA; it was my first summer at Cave Canem, and I was still a little hazy about my “place” in what I imagined to be a “Contemporary African American Literary Canon” in the making. My memory of being there that s.....
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