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Kyle Dargan Reads “Karaoke”

Dargan reads "The Battlefield (for Darryl Burton)" and "Karaoke (for the Office Lounge, Bloomington, Indiana)."

neon lounge sign

Photo: Jeff Dugan (flickr)

Karaoke anyone?

“I think the first step in truly conceiving of one’s self as a poet is to accept and embrace the fact that your sincere, unique perspective is valid–because it is. However, if you do not believe that for yourself, and write as if you believe it, you likely won’t be able to convince others of that.”

Kyle Dargan is the author of three collections of poetry, Logorrhea Dementia (2010), Bouquet of Hungers (2007) and The Listening (2003). For his work, he has received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and grants from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Dargan has partnered with the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities to produce poetry programming at the White House and Library of Congress. He is currently an assistant professor of literature and creative writing at American University and the founder and editor of POST NO ILLS magazine.

Links

Kyle Dargan Discussing Gwendolyn Brooks at Library of Congress

Goodreads Author Site

Dargan’s books at The University of Georgia Press

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