What We Choose to See

The poet laureate of the state of Washington has a few things to say about how poets of color are inspiring her these days.

The late Lucille Clifton, Tim Seibles, Natasha Trethewey and Terrance Hayes and of course Claudia Rankine (whose book I still have not read).

Elizabeth Austen

Elizabeth Austen

Thank you, Elizabeth Austen, for your thoughts. How art — especially literature and poetry most of all — can help us.

(She has one of the best Poet Laureate websites around, imho, listing poets, presses, and other information from her state. Lovely.)


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