The Black Matter is Life: Poetry for Engagement and Overcoming examines the work of well-known and little-known Black poets to explore and discuss the rich tradition and innovation found in African American poetry.
These virtual events are on Nov. 17, Dec. 15, and Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
Poetry is a powerful art form, one that offers profound insights into what it means to be human. Through the creative, succinct, and melodious use of language, poets render into words their joys, their challenges, their vulnerabilities, and their discoveries, thus providing shape and meaning to the human connection and shared emotional experience.
This program is designed to build bridges across the racial divide by introducing the audience to the writings of a number of African American poets whose work has shone a light on a rich cultural heritage that has often gone unexplored. We ask the audience to consider how African American poetry provides tools for healing our nation’s deep racial wounds.