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Kevin Powell’s Poem “When I Found Malcolm X” (via Complex)

When I Found Malcolm XBy Kevin Powell I shed tears the way a dambursts wide open when exposedby an awful hurricanethat moment at age 18after the first time Ihungrily ate the words ofThe Autobiography of Malcolm Xbecause I did notknow a Black manlike him could even existI cried—hard—because they hadbowed and arrowedbullet after bulletinto Malcolm … Continue reading Kevin Powell’s Poem “When I Found Malcolm X” (via Complex)

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Are Book Launch Parties Needed Anymore? (via BookMarketingBuzzBlog)

One casualty of the pandemic in the publishing world, the book launch party, is sure to return. The only question is not “when,” but why”? The vast majority, and I mean like 99.5%, of book launch parties, are not profitable nor worthy of media attention. They can be big ego boosters and serve as fodder … Continue reading Are Book Launch Parties Needed Anymore? (via BookMarketingBuzzBlog)

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Please excuse Chris Tse as he freaks out over these poetry finalists (via The Spinoff)

The shortlist for the prestigious Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry, which carries prize money worth $10,000, was made public this morning. Our poetry editor Chris Tse is ecstatic.  Here’s a sobering statistic: since 2001, only two non-Pākehā poets have won the poetry category at the book awards – David Eggleton (who is of … Continue reading Please excuse Chris Tse as he freaks out over these poetry finalists (via The Spinoff)

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Philip Levine Was a Poet of the Working Class (via Jacobin)

On Valentine’s Day 2015, Philip Levine, former poet laureate of the United States and longtime English professor at California State University, Fresno, passed away from pancreatic cancer. The New York Times obituary characterized his work as “vibrantly, angrily and often painfully alive with the sound, smell and sinew of heavy manual labor.” Levine told Bill … Continue reading Philip Levine Was a Poet of the Working Class (via Jacobin)

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Is Poetry magazine “platforming toxicity” or promoting the “practice of freedom”? (via The Intercept)

A bedrock principle of the prison abolitionist movement is that you don’t ask an incarcerated person what they’re in for. It’s more than etiquette. To eschew the identity that the punitive state assigns — which could be false — is to see someone whole. “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done,” … Continue reading Is Poetry magazine “platforming toxicity” or promoting the “practice of freedom”? (via The Intercept)