“Despite frequent (false) claims that poetry is dead and/or irrelevant and/or boring, there are plenty of poems that have sunk deep into our collective consciousness as cultural icons.” Read on for those poems, and celebrate the art of poetry in all its forms.
There is sill time to enter the 2nd Annual Michael Adams Poetry Prize –entries are due by April 11, 2016.
See the contest rules and application.
Did you know we have 2 collections of Michael Adams poetry in the library? If you can still dance with it : Stone Belly & Cold Mountain poems by Michael Adams and illustrated by our own Ellen Laverdure, and Steel Valley by Michael Adams
February 1, 1902-1967
Hughes, who claimed Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman as his primary influences, is particularly known for his insightful, colorful portrayals of black life in America from the twenties through the sixties. He wrote novels, short stories and plays, as well as poetry, and is also known for his engagement with the world of jazz and the influence it had on his writing, as in his book-length poem Montage of a Dream Deferred (Holt, 1951). His life and work were enormously important in shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s.