Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is an anthology of poems by more than one hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Justin Philip Reed, and Tracy K. Smith, with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Meta DuEwa Jones, and Evie Shockley. The Furious Flower Poetry Center is the nation’s first academic center for Black poetry. In this eponymous collection, editors Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne bring together many of the paramount voices in Black poetry and poetics active today, composing an electrifying mosaic of voices, generations, and aesthetics that reveals the Black narrative in the work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers. Intellectually enlightening and powerfully enlivening, Furious Flower explores and celebrates the idea of the Black poetic voice by posing the question, What’s next for Black poetic expression?
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About the Author
JOANNE V. GABBIN is the executive director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and a professor of English at James Madison University. She is the author of the critical biography Sterling A. Brown: Building the Black Aesthetic Tradition and a children’s book, I Bet She Called Me Sugar Plum, and the editor of two previous Furious Flower anthologies, The Furious Flowering of African American Poetry and Furious Flower: African American Poetry from the Black Arts Movement to the Present. She also edited Mourning Katrina: A Poetic Response to Tragedy and Shaping Memories: Reflections of African American Women Writers.LAUREN K. ALLEYNE is the author of two collections of poetry, Difficult Fruit and Honeyfish. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Atlantic, Ms. Muse, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Interviewing the Caribbean, and the Crab Orchard Review. Recent honors for her work include the 2018 Green Rose Prize from New Issues Press, a 2017 Philip Freund Alumni Prize in Creative Writing (Cornell University), the 2016 Split This Rock Poetry Prize, and a Picador Guest Professorship for Literature (University of Leipzig, 2015). She is the assistant director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center and an associate professor of English at James Madison University.
Table of Contents
Furious Flower Table of Contents Foreword By Rita Dove Acknowledgements Introduction By Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne 1. Collective Power by John H. Bracey Selected Poems Reginald Dwayne Betts Mother Abdul Ali I Don’t Think for a Second That We Won’t Survive This Remica Bingham-Risher Fish Fry Joshua B. Bennett PRAISE SONG FOR THE TABLE IN THE CAFETERIA WHERE ALL THE BLACK BOYS SAT TOGETHER DURING A BLOCK, LAUGHING TOO LOUDLY PREFACE TO A TWENTY-VOLUME REGICIDE NOTE Destiny O. Birdsong for home F. Douglas Brown Re-Portrait Your Name, Douglas Jericho Brown The Card Tables Curtis L. Crisler Boxing Arethas Teri Ellen Cross Davis Knuckle Head Safia Elhillo self-portrait with no flag Alexis Pauline Gumbs 90 poems I didn’t write for you for Jasmine Richards Duriel E. Harris Making DaMaris B. Hill Miz Lucille Darrel Alejandro Holnes Bread Pudding Grandmamma JP Howard Praise Poem for my Leo Self Amanda Johnston Gender Reveal Fred Joiner To the Builders Yalie Kamara A Haiku Love Letter for Gabby Douglas Donika Kelly CARTOGRAPHY AS AN ACT OF REMEMBERING Jacqueline Jones LaMon WE PUT SO MUCH FAITH IN THE POWER OF DOORS Rickey Laurentiis Conditions for a Southern Gothic Nate Marshall which art? what fact? Kamilah Aisha Moon INITIATION Khadijah Queen Activism is hot just ask Jason Momoa Anastacia-Reneé prayer for the unseen Mahtem Shiferraw THE SILENCES Clint Smith what the cicada said to the black boy Samantha Thornhill Bring Back 2. Black Aesthetics by Evie Shockley Selected Poems Reginald Dwayne Betts Night Tara Betts Another Clearing of the Land: Epitaph for Hadiyah Pendleton Derrick Weston Brown The Root CM Burroughs Our People I Our People II Tiana Clark BBHMM Michael Collins Decline and Fall Nandi Comer American Family: A Syndrome Early Death Syndrome (EDS) Mary-Alice Daniel REVIVALISM 101 t’ai freedom ford #notorious Aricka Foreman When the Therapist Asks You to Recount, You Have to Say It Duriel E. Harris TEN LITTLE NIGGA (K)NOTS AND THEN THERE WERE NONE TEN LITTLE ANGELS LET’S COUNT THEM ALL AGAIN! Clemonce Heard BOOGIE NIGHTS (GOT TO KEEP ON DANCING) Taylor Johnson Aeration If not memory— Raina J. León what we lose in the fire a blown tire makes us see Dante Micheaux Dew-Drier Opal Moore Girl with the golden contacts at the Wal Mart John Murillo Variation on a Theme by Elizabeth Bishop Natasha Oladokun “Let My Anger Be the Celebration We Were Never Supposed to Have” Iain Haley Pollock WE, THE RUBBER MEN Lynne Procope American Religion Glenis Redmond I Wish You Black Sons Valencia Robin Cathedral Metta Sáma Realism: a poetics Nicole Sealey Candelabra with Heads Danez Smith For the Dead Homie Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie Global Warming Blues Marcus Wicker Ars Poetica Keith S. Wilson ASTERISM L. Lamar Wilson Resurrection Sunday avery r. young 1982 middle of an episode of soul train uncle shot find(s) out dat aint a brudda sangin I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) 3. Pan African Poetics by Kwame Dawes Selected Poems Joshua B. Bennett X Lillian-Yvonne Bertram my brother asks me what it’s like to live in Utah and not be white Reginald Dwayne Betts When I Think of Tamir Rice While Driving Tara Betts After Andy Warhol’s “Little Race Riot” White Privilege Destiny O. Birdsong Recovery FOUND ART Destiny O. Birdsong Dexter L. Booth Preacher Crow’s Sermon on the Ark of Bones Derrick Weston Brown Melinated Merman aka Aquabruh Wants to Holler at You Derrick Weston Brown THANKS F. Douglas Brown Brown to Browne :: Douglass to Tubman Remix for Mahogany Browne Re-Portrait of an Icon Jericho Brown The Long Way Cortney Lamar Charleston DEVOTION (“I AM ON THE BATTLEFIELD FOR MY LORD”) Ama Codjoe Garden of the Gods Nandi Comer Anarcha Appears Again And Again DéLana R.A. Dameron Say, Divine My Resistance is Black Hayes Davis Jim on the Raft after His “Dream” Mitchell L. H. Douglas PERSIMMONS Safia Elhillo application for asylum Sherese Francis Voyage of Kianda (from Angola to the Caribbean) (Art Formerly Known As The Sable Venus Speaks Back) Chanda Feldman TO THE OLD SQUARE DaMaris B. Hill A Reckoning: Assata in 1980 Fred Joiner Consume/d Ladan Osman Parable for Refugees Xandria Phillips A FRUIT WE NEVER TASTED Lauren Russell Descent Excerpt Charif Shanahan GNAWA BOY, MARRAKESH, 1968 Bianca Lynne Spriggs The View from Down Here Cedric Tillman Cankerworms (for South Sudan) 4. Renovation by Meta DuEwa Jones Selected Poems Lillian-Yvonne Bertram the river it shines pure white Cortney Lamar Charleston CHARLESTON Ama Codjoe Of Being Sick and Tired t’ai freedom ford if someone should take your picture & make you black Krista Franklin 3037, Time Capsule: Franklin francine j. harris Versal Marcus Jackson EVEN WHEN SPILLING Alan W. King Sugar Shack Sure, You Can Ask Me About Hiphop Ana-Maurine Lara Each night Shayla Lawson WHITE FERRARI Nabila Lovelace The “S” in I Loves You, Porgy How I Wish I Could Be As Happy As Zaytoven Playing Piano For Gucci On NPR, Tiny Desk Cynthia Manick Tapping at Mama’s Knees Douglas Manuel Loud Looks David Mills Ornate Culmination Indigo Moor The Langston Hop Nkosi Nkululeko Twenty-Seven w/ Voodoo Child’ (Slight Return) Julian Randall LAMENTATION (Black Jesus Remix) darlene anita scott HOW THE BODY REMEMBERS Kevin Simmonds Upright. Exit Wound. Candice Wiley Symphony of Soul Korey Williams Evensong 5. Writing the Body by Nagueyalti Warren Selected Poems Remica Bingham-Risher Our child is not yet ten and we are clearing his closet Dexter L. Booth After the last flower is trampled Nandi Comer Why I Don’t Call On Cops Krista Franklin The Skin That Tells Janice N. Harrington GENESIS Randall Horton ON REFLECTION Amaud Jamaul Johnson Featuring Lonette Mckee as Sister Bettina Judd See Him Natasha Marin Ritual for Unbusying Saretta Morgan Structural Dilemma Shauna M. Morgan Résumé Names Nkosi Nkululeko I Always Wanna Fall Asleep When My Momma Does My Hair but She Won’t Let Me Justin Phillip Reed OPEN SEASON darlene anita scott ONLY FOR NOW, OR, MAAFA ON A MONDAY RIDE THROUGH THE CITY IN WHICH I DECIDED I SHOULD JUST GO ON & DIE ALONE Safiya Sinclair Hands Amber Flora Thomas Aubade Blackberries Arisa White Loni, with a martini and sapphire balls, Phillip B. Williams Discipline 6. The Collective Dominique Christina Blood In My Eye Toi Derricotte Homage to my spiritual mothers Camille T. Dungy Give Me Some Wobble Cornelius Eady How I wrote “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” Ross Gay Let Your Engine Be Love Terrance Hayes A Poetics of Practice Erica Hunt Statement on Poetry Major Jackson My Lyrical Self Tyehimba Jess Black Poetry A.Van Jordan Try to Care About Someone Other Than Yourself Douglas Kearney Poetics as Response to Certain Tropes as Allergens Ruth Ellen Kocher Aporia and the Poetics of Beauty as Non-Resolution Tony Medina Persona non-Grata E. Ethelbert Miller Space Dream Struggle Thylias Moss Black Like Everything Mendi Lewis Obadike As the Crow Flies (A Reorientation) Gregory Pardlo Notes on Voice Matthew Shenoda On Noticing Patricia Smith We are rapidly running out of ways to write this world. Tracy K. Smith Altogether Unlike Itself Patricia Spears Jones Thinking in Words (for Lorenzo Thomas and June Jordan) Sharan Strange A Poetics of Empathy Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon Seeing to Be Frank X Walker Memory, Research, Imagination, and the Mining of Historical Poetry