National Poetry Month


Po-Po-Poetry – David Bickham – National Poetry Month

I met David Bickham about 18 years ago when he was living in Boston.  He promised me that he would get me to his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi one day to share my experience with cultural economic development.  We kept in touch over the ensuing years and he always contacted […]


Po-Po-Poetry: Toi Derricotte – Cave Canem – National Poetry Month 2

This selection for National Poetry Month features Toi Derricotte and accomplished poet and champion of Black poets. She is co-founder of Cave Canem* – the seminal/critical/crucial support organization and network for Black poets. Black Boys Play the Classics – by Toi Derricotte The most popular “act” in Penn Station is the three […]


Po-Po-Poetry: James A. LaFond-Lewis (National Poetry Month) 2

My Celebration of National Poetry Month * – Po-Po-Poetry continues with this post featuring James LaFond-Lewis (Jim to me). I met the fine poet James LaFond-Lewis when he was a restaurateur in Boston.  He owned Mississippi’s in Kenmore Square, then in Brigham Circle and finally near Roxbury Crossing T-stop.  It […]


Po-Po-Poetry Month – Antonia George

I am way behind on posting another poem.  My computer went down and I’ve been pretty busy.  Now that these excuses are out-of-the-way, here’s another poem in celebration of National Poetry Month*  from a young poet. Antonia George.  I got a broadside of her poetry, After 21, a year or […]


Can I Poet with You? – Lucille Clifton

It is downright unfair to pick a couple of poems from a prolific poet to represent them.  In each of my entries during my observation of Poetry Month, I pick one or two poems (or a few more in the case of Langston Hughes).  I cannot find my tattered paperback […]