[Blackstudies-l] New poetry from Kevin Young
lima at geneseo.edu
Thu Apr 26 15:39:28 EDT 2018
Plus: Critics' picks, a young asylum seeker's quest for poetry, and why
humans are wrong about sloths.
[image: Poet Kevin Young]
*Photo of Kevin Young by Melanie Dunea/CPi*
Poet Kevin Young's new book, *Brown*, is colored by memories of family,
childhood, U.S. history and black culture. "I was really interested in this
idea of brownness," he tells Code Switch's Karen Grigsby Bates
"both in sort of a literal name, like Brown in *Brown v. Board* and Rev.
Brown and Linda Brown and all that implied, but also James Brown and John
[image: Student and asylum-seeker Allan Monga]
*Photo of Allan Monga by Portland Press Herald/Press Herald via Getty
In his home country of Zambia, Allan Monga says, he didn't know about
poetry. But when he fled violence there to seek asylum in Maine, his high
school teacher introduced him: "It happened, and I will tell you, it is
addictive," he told NPR's Ari Shapiro. "I will not let anyone stand in
between the relationship I have, I've grown for poetry." Monga was in
Washington, D.C. this week after winning the right to compete
in a national poetry competition that previously barred non-citizens.
[image: Cute pandas!]
*Pandas may look cute, but they're still bears. Image via AFP/Getty Images.*
Humans are all wrong about sloths — and lots of other animals (including
pandas) — says zoologist Lucy Cooke. "People think that because the animal
is slow that it's somehow useless and redundant," she tells NPR's Lulu
Garcia-Navarro. But in fact, "they are incredibly successful creatures."
Cooke is the founder of the Sloth Appreciation Society and the author of
the new book *The Truth About Animals: Stoned Sloths, Lovelorn Hippos and
Other Tales from the Wild Side of Wildlife.* For more — including why
Aristotle was wrong about eels — click here.
[image: 'Head On,' by John Scalzi]
[image: 'You Think It, I'll Say It,' By Curtis Sittenfeld]
[image: 'How To Suppress Women's Writing,' By Joanna Russ]
Finally this week, some picks from our reviewers — Jason Sheehan is excited
that the action in John Scalzi's latest comes down to a very important cat
Annalisa Quinn applauds the way Curtis Sittenfeld "gives sustained,
compassionate attention to the middle-aged women of middle America" in her new
And Genevieve Valentine says she wishes she'd had Joanna Russ's fierce *How
To Suppress Women's Writing
she was studying English.
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