February 2nd, 2022 | Season 3 | 22 mins 9 secs
african american poetry, paul laurence dunbar, rafia zafar, rondeau, we wear the mask
This week, Rafia Zafar joins us to discuss "We Wear the Mask" by the great poet and writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). Rafia leads us in a discussion of Dunbar's fame and influence while opening up broader themes of African American history and literature.
December 7th, 2021 | Season 3 | 23 mins 10 secs
african american poetry, black history, declaration of independence, erasure poetry, middle passage, tracy k. smith
In this episode, we discuss erasure poetry and its power to reveal hidden histories and redacted stories through Tracy K. Smith's erasure of the Declaration of Independence.
October 20th, 2020 | Season 1 | 20 mins 18 secs
african american poetry, captivity, carl phillips, narrative poetry, stanza, the minks, toi derricotte
This week, with special guest Carl Phillips, we take a close look at "The Minks" and consider the art of narrative poetry and the movements of a single-stanza poem.