“You Gotta Read This” w/Mitchell L.H. Douglas


Photo courtesy of David Flores

Ok, I’m happy the Saints won the Super Bowl, but I don’t follow football. Wait a minute–don’t y’all start boo-ing me, pretty please! I just can’t understand the game. I tried, but the rules go over my head. And my last man said he was going to explain but we broke up before he could. So my ignorance is really his fault now, isn’t it?

I wrote all day long yesterday instead of watching the game (I don’t have cable so really, I don’t have TV anyway to watch.) But still, I have a girlhood friend who’s from Baton Rouge, and I knew he was probably watching and I thought of him all day long yesterday. And I was happy for him when I heard the news.

Not only is it Black History Month, but you know all them African American folks down in New Orleans have taken off this week for an impromptu Mardi Gras in celebration of their winning the Super Bowl. It’s CRAZY down there right now! And then the REAL Mardi Gras starts next Tuesday. Ooh, Lord, it’s going to be one big Colored People and White Folks, Too party for the next ten days!

I adore those kind of parties, where folks of all colors are joined together, having a good time, because of their common love for something or someone. In this case, it’s the Saints. Wynton Marsalis was on Twitter today talking about his daddy taking him to him first Saints game when he was a little, little boy, and now four decades later, the Saints went to the Super Bowl. I hope he’s blowing his trumpet right now as we speak.

So, since a lot of y’all are going to be at home drinking in celebration anyway , you should join me for the Mitchell L. H. Douglas podcast on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:30pm Eastern Standard Time! You knew I was going to work that in some kind of way. Didn’t you see the header for the blog post?

Mitchell’s book, Cooling Board: A Long Playing Poem is just one beautiful book. And it was nominated for this year’s NAACP Image Award in Poetry. You can’t get much more fabulous than that.

See the dark blue badge right next to this post? You can click that and it will take you right to the podcast tomorrow. It may SAY the next podcast is at 6:30pm, but that’s because I live in a central time zone. If you click this link, you will notice it says 7:30PM. But remember, if you miss the podcast live, you can always subscribe to it on ITunes.

Here’s Mitchell’s fabulous bio and the cover of the book below. You notice I haven’t gone on and on about how handsome he is in his photo up top. That is because he is happily married to a very nice, beautiful lady and they have two children, and I know I wouldn’t want nobody making tasty remarks about my husband (if I had a husband, which I don’t. I talked about that in my last blog post.).

My policy with this blog and the podcast, too, is that married and romantically monogamous/committed men as well as men old enough to be my daddy do not get the tasty remarks made about them.

That’s enough said on that.

And just in case you are still mad at me for not being a football fan, you will be happy to know that Mitchell LOVES himself some football.

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). His poetry has appeared in Callaloo, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South (University of Georgia Press), Crab Orchard Review, and Zoland Poetry Volume II (Zoland Books) among others. A founding member of the Affrilachian Poets, Cave Canem fellow, and Poetry Editor for PLUCK!:The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture, Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, is his debut collection. Before it’s publication by Red Hen Press, Cooling Board was a runner-up for the 2007 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, a semifinalist for the 2007 Blue Lynx Prize, and a semifinalist for the 2006 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Cooling Board is a nominee for the 41st NAACP Image Awards in the Outstanding Literary Work-Poetry category. The awards will be broadcast live on FOX February 26, 2010, at 8/7 central.

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