Thursday, February 27, 2014
POEMING BLACK POETRY
From the very beginning, the Black poet has been right in the mix of life. Although the poet has had desires to address universal themes in his or her poetry, like love, roses, the moonlight, and other flights of fancy, the existence of racism in their daily lives has made it almost impossible for him or her to ignore this fact. For that reason, most Black poets have been PROTEST POETS.
When you examine the poetry of the earliest Black poets, you will find that the overriding theme in their poems have been about standing up for their freedom, and rights as human beings in this country. This trend started in the early 16th century with Jupiter Hammon, and has continued until this day.
Here at BLACK POETS CAFE we encourage our fellow poets to develop whatever themes inspire them. While protest poetry is our tradition and legacy, we will offer writing prompts that can also be universal in nature. Once a week in our feature called Poetry Challenges, we will create and write poems from the prevalent BLACK EXPERIENCE.
FOR INFO ON GETTING STARTED WITH YOUR POEMING, CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK writedatbook.blogspot.com AND CHECK OUT "THE TOOL BOX," AND ANY OTHER POSTS THAT MAY INTEREST YOU.