Yesterday I had the honor of speaking with a newly formed Poetry Club at Narboone High School. A group of eager students who want to venture into the world of creative writing through poetry. YOU ARE IN FOR A WONDERFULLY FULFILLING JOURNEY!
I know we talked about several poets while we were together. I just want to reiterate to you the importance of maintaining an active bibliography for your craft. Here are some of the artists we discussed:
Rita Dove Amiri Baraka
Sonia Sanchez Maya Angelou
“Run Towards Fear” by Haki Madhubuti
Paul Lawrence Dunbar Margaret Walker
Read on Los Angeles Poetry History Watts Prophets
Juan Felipe Herrera (California Poet Laureate)
Read on the “Harlem Renaissance”
James Baldwin Gwendolyn Brooks
Read on the “Black Arts Movement”
“Miseducation of the Negro” by Carter G. Woodson
Nikki Giovanni Langston Hughes
Rosa Guy Hoyt W. Fuller
Make sure at some point you incorporate these books in rotation for your readings and then WRITE WRITE WRITE! The world is waiting for you and your voice! Thank you for inviting me and don’t forget to use the other Los Angeles’ artists I suggested to you.
Speak on Love,