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Poetry And Conversation With Mitchell Douglas

Douglas reads "Passing Negro Mountain, Garrett County, Maryland," "Inhabit, (for Debra Kang Dean)," "Tallahatchie, (for Emmett Till and Marilyn Nelson)."

white truck MS plates

Photo: Awesome Joolie (flickr)

"What are the odds? One week after teaching Marilyn's crown for Emmett, I crawl on I-65 behind a white pickup with Mississippi plates...And I won't let anyone cut in front of me and the white truck. The white lightning I can't control..." from "Tallahatchie" by Mitchell Douglas.

“I am on
I am on
I am pencilfrying
sweet Black alphabets
In an allnight oil”
-Nikky Finney

Mitchell L. H. Douglas is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at IUPUI. He is the author of \blak\ \al-f? bet\, winner of the 2011 Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award, and Cooling Board: A Long-Playing Poem, a 2010 NAACP Image Award nominee. He is a Cave Canem fellow and cofounder of the Affrilachian Poets.

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