Nationally touring poet, performer, and writer Fatimah Asghar is “almost always in-between two places.” Her parents were born in Kashmir and Pakistan. They moved to the US, and died when she was five.
In Corinne Segal’s article, Asghar describes her “brokenness” as being an opportunity to use language in new ways and to address stories at the margins, including her own....more
The Rumpus Poetry Book Club is finishing up this month’s book, Reginald Dwayne Betts’s incredible Bastards of the Reagan Era, and getting ready for our online chat with the author (my favorite part of the Rumpus Book Club experience), but I thought it would be nice to showcase what’s coming up in the next few months....more
For some, poetry can seem out of reach. It’s like a different language. I don’t understand poetry very well, and I have to re-read everything several times before I even begin to understand it. Jacqueline Woodson’s “Lift Every Voice” at the Poetry Foundation’s website echoes those feelings, but also offers relief:
I used to be afraid of poetry.