20 Young Writers Of Color Share Their Favorite Poems

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Article originally published in  The Huffington Post by Priscilla Frank Arts Writer.

“The vulnerability and realness I’ve witnessed within the poetry world is unlike any other medium in my mind.”

In December, The New York Times invited noted writers, actors and public figures to share their favorite poems, reaching out to people like Ta-Nehisi Coates, Elena Ferrante Tavi Gevinson, Lena Dunham and Junot Díaz, among others.

After reading the published list, Tabia Alexine, a Los Angeles-based curator and creative, was disappointed. “It was a compelling group, but not as diverse and intersectionally colorful as I’d hoped,” she explained to The Huffington Post. Soon after, Alexine embarked on a project of her own, reaching out to young writers of color she admired to bring the original list the multiplicity both readers and writers deserve.

Alexine collected the perspectives of 20 new voices, each explaining the power of a single poem. “The responses reflect a spectrum of experience among the writers,” she explained. “But I did notice that several poems discussed discovery, social justice, and resistance through existence and survival.”

Looking forward, Alexine hopes future articles in outlets like The New York Times will represent a wider range of backgrounds and perspectives. And that the cultural landscape at large will follow suit. “I hope to see poetry and art by talented persons of color more widely distributed via TV, film, in commercials, at events, galleries, and conferences,” she continued. “I love seeing books like The Breakbeat Poets sold at major retailer, Barnes & Noble. I also believe performance poets and writers deserve increased honorariums for their work. I want to be a catalyst, pushing all of those things forward.”

Right in time for Black History Month, Alexine’s diversified anthology speaks to the importance of poetry to voices too often marginalized or silenced. “It can be such a powerful platform for truth-telling, disruption, affirmation, and empathy,” she said. “The vulnerability and realness I’ve witnessed within the poetry world is unlike any other medium in my mind. These 20 individuals are unapologetically taking up space and making noise as writers, activists, performers, educators, literary editors, students, and so much more.”

Learn about their favorite poems, and the stories behind them: 

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Jesus Christ: The Carpenter’s Son Who Became A Superstar

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Jesus is one of the world’s outstanding religious leaders, a teacher, philosopher and a prophet, even though the Bible doesn’t mention his name as one of the prophets.

He was an ordinary young Jew born into a family of Carpenters and he passed through a painful death of crucifixion. The fact about this great teacher is: He never commanded an army, but today many people from all walks of life and army generals bow to revere him.

He wasn’t an author, but books about him are widely read and handled by the best literature professors. He never ruled a nation but today, some world presidents, politicians, and monarchs of high esteem adore him.

He never had any university education, but twenty centuries later, his works are being preached, archived and thought by best professors in science, arts, and religion.

The great teacher said: “I am the light of the world.” John 8:12. Yes! He is the light of science, politics, literature, humanity, and civilization. The greatest liberty ever given to man by God is ‘choice.’

Would you therefore emulate and imitate this great teacher, to be happy, faithful, sincere and healthy in life or you simply like to walk in the opposite way? In God’s kingdom, there is nothing called ‘Failure or Impossible.’

The two words of stumble block, are the tools of unbelievers, the reason many fail in life, while others succeed in life. Take away those shackles of your mind and let your faith and the truth set you free to prosperity and success.

Tears, Assurance And Consolation

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David Newton, a classically trained sculptor in the European tradition, has dedicated his career to transforming ordinary African-American people and forgotten historical moments into unforgettable, timeless monuments of beauty.

Tears, Assurance And Consolation

Anguish and torment have taken over their souls

Psychologically and physically scarred, they seek comfort

The soul is willing to forgive but the mind finds it hard to forget

Because the scar is like an image hanging on the wall

My heart believes there is God, yet I try to find out if Africans have God

I want to know why so much pain?

Why so many tears from my eyes?

Why a particular race should pass through such a rough road?

Do I have to believe that God created man in his own image?

As the moon unravels wonders

I will take the opportunity to free my mind

The shackles are already removed from my feet

I heard the voice calling and saying trust in Jesus

His blessings, no money can buy and no one can steal from you.

A short poem written by Joel Savage@Copyright/ 11/3/2015.

Love: The Invincible Magic That Changes Our Lives

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“We can see how wonderful the world is, with beautiful people, if there is love.”- Joel Savage

Love eases our pain

Love moves us to promote peace

Love enables us to help one another

Love forgives even if we are hurt

Love gives us peace of mind

Love brews a happy heart

Love doesn’t know Chinese, Black or White,

Love doesn’t know a rotten tooth (An African proverb)

Love motivates us to give than receiving

Love gives us faith and hope to be strong

Above all, love safeguards our relationship with our loved ones.

The Bundle Of Joy And Other Stories From Africa

Since 2010, Africa Book Club has been the go-to place for book lovers looking to explore interesting fiction and non-fiction from Africa. From the popular Africa Book Club Short Reads monthly writing competition, comes this original collection of short stories.

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We have pulled together over 50 winning stories that run the breadth of the continent in terms of the countries and themes they cover. They reflect a continent on the move, one that is bustling with life, creativity, love, laughter, opportunity, hope, and promise – a far cry from the singularly negative stereotypes that so often come to mind when reading about Africa.

The bundle of and other stories from Africa are the works of various African writers.

by Mercy Dhliwayo (Author), Mark Mngomezulu (Author), Andrew Dakalira (Author), Nicola Coady (Author), Chinenye Emezie-Egwuonwu (Author), Winfred Karungi Ssewava (Author), Mulumba Ivan Matthias (Author), James Whyle (Author), Macharia Mwangi (Author), Kevin Eze (Author), Tendai Machingaidze (Author), Constant Van Graan (Author), and Others (Author), Daniel Musiitwa (Editor)

http://www.amazon.com/Bundle-Joy-Other-Stories-Africa/dp/1941221041