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The Black Matter Is Life: Love, Love, Love

The last of three events in a series of exploration of the vast diversity within African American poetic tradition. UNH professors Reginald Wilburn and Dennis Britton will facilitate three online conversations. Each discussion deconstructs four poems grouped by themes. Conversations will center these poems within the context of the African American literary tradition, their cultural heritage, the traditions they encompassed, and the relevance this tradition has to us today. The series will also explore the question, “Why does African American Poetry matter?”

This event will discuss the following poems:
George Moses Horton—The Lover’s Farewell
Gwendolyn Brooks—Lovely Love
Nikki Giovanni—Resignation
Jericho Brown—Like Father

Collaborative Poetry Writing Project
The Black Matter is Life: Poetry for Engagement and Overcoming program will also offer the community an opportunity to come together to create twelve-line poems inspired by one of the poems selected for discussion at the online events.

A community is defined as a family, a group of friends, a library or school staff, town employees, or a collection of individuals. We also welcome “communities” of one—you write all 12 lines. Go for it!

A reading of the collaborative poem will conclude each event. This community engagement project will run concurrently with online discussions. The Nashua Public Library is our partner for the January 21 event. Please contact Carol Eyman at [email protected] for more information.

Register online at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdu-vqz8oG9MzJH1DYmxo_GMc5qQrRn7c