As National Poetry Month comes to a close, we're celebrating these Black women poets who have changed us with their work. They help us to see ourselves and make sense of the world. They inspire us to be better and to make a difference. Here are the 15 Black women poets you should know. The poem has recently been published as a small book from Graywolf Press.
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Their fluent and funky conga-rhythms transformed poetry into rap a novelty at the time, though perhaps not today. Umar Bin Hassan, now 68, is in a position to reflect on their remarkable collective strength, resilience and hope. The Poets always bounced back, no matter how much they struggled — and boy, did they struggle. Umar, in particular, lived on the streets as a crack addict for years and found success very hard to handle. They were young men living in the black ghettos of Akron, Ohio, Detroit, Michigan, Jamaica Queens and The Bronx — all desperately seeking a different life to that of their parents, who in their eyes were too subdued, too damaged by racial oppression. Inspired by the music of John Coltrane, the glamour of the Temptations and the politics of black pride, they started performing on street corners in Harlem where they immediately gained a following.
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They are poets, playwrights, novelists and scholars, and together they helped capture the voice of a nation. They have fearlessly explored racism, abuse and violence as well as love, beauty and music. While their names and styles have changed over the years, they have been the voices of their generations and helped inspire the generations that followed them. What follows is a list of prominent Black authors who have left a mark on the literary world forever.
Dunbar explored themes such as identity, love, heritage, and injustice in his poems, which were all published during the Jim Crow Era. Dunbar, however, was not the first Black American poet. The Black American literary canon actually began during colonial America.