How do 21st century black poets extend, reject, or otherwise riff on tradition? We shall examine a variety of written and oral poetry, paying particular attention to matters of form. Other topics shall include intergenerational dialogue and disconnection, the influence of music (particularly jazz and hip hop), and the idea of ancestry. Poets may include Adrian Matejka, Kyle Dargan, Morgan Parker, Danez Smith, and Nicole Sealey, among others.

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