In this back-to-school time of year, we learn and connect through people speaking with people, a simple reminder that we are one human family. Quite a few years back, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, gave a TED talk called, The Danger of a Single Story. Adichie illustrates how the "single story" precludes my story and yours, leaving a body believing in the myth of only their own, familiar, reality. This "single story" reality encourages people, with all our variations, to graft whole branches of our family tree onto other trees.
While thinking about engaging young learners in the whole story of our global community, I came across Porscha Coleman's essay, "Black Poetry Day & Why It Matters." Coleman says: ...professional poets and those “serious” about their craft, the conversation would inevitably come up about influences and favorites. People would wax poetic about Plath and Frost, Dickinson and Williams, Keats and Yeats...Black voices in poetry however are not amplified and not taught in secondary, or undergraduate courses. Poetry by white writers is the requirement and too often poetry by black writers is reserved for black history month and elective courses. When we make black poetry optional, we make vital understandings of our country, culture and history optional and that does a disservice to us both as writers, readers and global citizens. Here at IthacaLit, we agree.
The Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize.
Submissions open September 1st, 2016 accepted until midnight on Thanksgiving November 24, 2016.
The winning poet receives $1,000.
See Guidelines. All submissions are read "blind" by the judges & panel of readers. As a special incentive to inspire Cave Canem members, we're offering a discounted submission fee at Submittable.
IthacaLit ISSN: 2372-4404
In This Issue
Featured Poet, Allison Joseph, is a professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, the Director of the Young Writers Workshop at SIUC and the author of nine books of poetry. She is also a founding editor at Crab Orchard Review. In an interview with Billy Jenkins at Fourth River Review, Joseph made one small comment speaking to that deficit one feels, when one's story is compartmentalized, essentially pruned from the family tree, even if set apart to examine its beauty. Joseph said, "February and March are my busiest months; February is Black History month, and March is Women’s History Month; I can sit by the phone in November like “Isn’t anybody going to call…” (Laughing)."
Featured Artist Mayuko Fujino's precision work in collage, explores the layers of meaning that come from being a woman and an artist rising from two cultures. In her work, one recognizes the duality of rupture and combination that encompasses life in our global community.
We have new poems from Gail Gerwin, Charles Kell, Rose Knapp, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Donald Levering, Eric Rawson, John Repp, John Riley, D.E. Steward, Lauren Syniewski, Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad and Bruce Wise. Thank you, dear readers, for continuing on this journey to home with IthacaLit.
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