Lyricism, Political Poetry, Social Realism and Responsibility

Dear Blog, long time, no see. I’ve been busy, you see, teaching in two different schools, working the full time J-O-B, still trying to be active in community, and to have a life, and to rest. But I have been thinking, am always thinking about lots and lots of things. Certainly, I am learning, that teaching can do this to you, hyperstimulate you in multiple directions simultaneously. I’ve just listed on FB, the various reading recommendations I’ve been giving my grad students, in response to the work they’ve been bringing to workshop. Juggling all of these different poetries in mah head. It looks something like this: Yedda Morrison, Craig Santos Perez, Evie Shockley, Raina Leon, Aracelis Girmay, Suheir Hammad, Olena Kalytiak Davis, Rachel McKibbens, Roger Bonair-Agard, Tyehimba Jess, John Murillo, Mei Mei Berssenbrugge, Sarah Gambito, Oliver de la Paz, Truong Tran, Cecilia Vicuña, Linh Dinh, Harryette Mullen, et al.

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Art of Hustle 2: Curation, Consistency

I’m behind on my Art of Hustle stuff, which I’m writing about so that I can clear my head for Anthem’s podcast, which is tomorrow. It’s helpful for me to think about my work, to think about how to organize my work, so that I don’t get overwhelmed by it, or befuddled about what needs doing.

It’s important to be thoughtful and concrete, to be clear, to be open-minded, and to have follow-through. To be a big idea guy isn’t enough.

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