Miss Dorothy and Miss Harriet


As I hope y’all remember from a past “You Gotta Read This” feature, Camille Dungy is the fabulous, sassy editor of Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, which, by the way, was featured on NPR, and is the NUMBER ONE book of African American poetry and the NUMBER THREE anthology of poetry on Amazon.com! Can you handle that?

Sidebar: I know y’all think I was biting off of NPR’s “You Must Read This” feature when I started “You Gotta Read This.” I swear, I had no idea idea about the titles. I always try to be original with the word, so I’m thinking about changing my feature to simply “Read This.” You know, give it an intellectual Black dominatrix sort of feel. What do you think? Give me some feedback in the comments.

Camille is also the author of three books of poetry, What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for Poison (Red Hen, 2007); Suck on the Marrow (Red Hen, 2010); and a new book that is forthcoming next year from Southern Illinois University Press. She works so hard, I called her the “female James Brown” of  American Poetry.

I guess that would make her Jane? Or maybe Jametta?

Anyway, Camille has done a guest blogger over at the Poetry Foundation Website blog, Harriet. Now, I love the Poetry Foundation website because they are one of the few places that rep American poetry and actually seem to take that ever-elusive diversity thing seriously. They have all sorts of sassy people of all complexions talking about different aspects of poetry, and it’s not boring either.

For her final post, Camille blogged about the late, great Dorothy Height. Here’s an excerpt:

“This morning in the nation’s capitol, mourners said farewell to Dr. Dorothy Height, a life-long Civil Rights activist to whom this nation owes a debt of thanks.  Rather than end my blogging stint on Harriet describing some of the revolutionary things that National Poetry Month has allowed this nation and its poets to accomplish, as I had originally planned, I have decided to dedicate this space to the memory of Dr. Dorothy Height.  This is fundamentally about poetry, too, because I am curious about the ways we have and can and will memorialize the women and men who make this world the sort of place in which I want to live…”

Doesn’t that little excerpt make you so curious? Well, then, click on this and check out the rest of Camille’s lovely post on Dorothy Height! And there are other wonderful blog entries by her as well!

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