Never has poetry been as crucial as it is right now, to remind us, people of colour, of the importance of self love, self care and self acceptance. It has a central role in creatively articulating the many injustices in the world today, giving a human perspective to the tragedies occurring around the world, and in those moments where our own words fail us, poetry is the avenue through which so many of us can express ourselves. Throughout history poets of colour have inspired: Rabindranath Tagore, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Maya Angelou, Sandra Cisneros — the list is endless. Now comes a new generation.
So here is the latest crop of poetry legends that we discovered or rediscovered in 2014:
Earlier this year it was announced that this young American-Korean poet had won the prestigious Walt Whitman Award. Based in Los Angeles, the…
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