Some of y’all know that my poetry deals with African American music. Though I’m primarily known as a blues poet, all forms of Black music and how these affect our culture and who we are as a community have been a preoccupation of mine for a while.
An essay of mine, “Blues for Tar Baby: The Problem of Contemporary Black Hip Hop Poetry” was just published by The Kenyon Review Online. Here’s an excerpt from my piece:
“Because there always has been an exchange between black music and black poetry, the question one must ask is, when well meaning contemporary black poets use hip hop music as a point of departure and continue adding to the oral tradition in their own way, must they also continue to perpetuate the misogynist stereotypes (at worst) or deny or avoid female complexity or presence (at supposed best)? That is to say, must they engage in a battle only between men where women must be silent bystanders who sometimes get beat down in the process?”
You can read the rest of this piece at The Kenyon Review Online by clicking this link. Y’all know I always speak my mind, so when you finish reading, let me know what you think by leaving comments here!