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Navigating Motherly Instincts Through “The Fierce Urgency of Now”

Last year, my then-six year old picked the book Schomburg, by Carole Boston Weatherford, for his bedtime story, and we snuggled in to learn about the incredible story of Afro-Latino historian and book collector Arturo Schomburg. In the fifth grade, Schomburg was told that Africa’s sons and daughters had no history and no achievements, but…

The “Negative Peace” of Whyt Silence

It’s been 20+ years since I attended or organized poetry slams in the summer before going off to get my MFA, after which I never wrote slam poetry again. It’s also possible that I never wrote slam poetry to begin with. I was full of piss and vinegar, but I wrote very quiet poems, and…