Monday, October 23, 2017

Quote of the Day

Poems come out of wonder, not out of knowing.

-- Lucille Clifton

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Quote of the Day

Beloved, why is it that every time black folk talk about how poorly the cops treat us you say that we should focus instead on how we slaughter each other in the streets every day?  Isn't that like asking the person who tells you that they're suffering from cancer to focus instead on their diabetes?  Your racial bedside manner has always been fairly atrocious.

-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 143

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Quote of the Day

Poems are not static objects.  They are ever-evolving ideas that speak to us in different ways at different times in our lives.

-- Kwame Alexander, Out of Wonder, Preface

Friday, October 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

The white folk who claim that the call to stop using the word [nigger] is to cave in to political correctness ignore history and black humanity.  They are the kind of whites who pose as "honest."

-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 136

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

Poems can inspire us -- in our classrooms and in our homes -- to write our own journeys, to find our own voices.

-- Kwame Alexander, Out of Wonder, Preface

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

Black folk have had to know white culture inside out ... We have to know as much as we can know about you to keep you from wrecking our lives because you had a bad day.  We have to know all we can know about you to keep you from firing us or gentrifying our communities and shipping us to the outer perimeters of hell.

-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 135-136

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

A poem is a small but powerful thing.  It has the power to reach inside of you, to ignite something in you, and to change you in ways you never imagined.  There is a feeling of connection and communion -- with the author and the subject -- when we read a poem that articulates our deepest feelings.  That connection can be a vehicle on the road to creativity and imagination.

-- Kwame Alexander, Out of Wonder, Preface