I’m elated to share the news of the publication of my homage poem for Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old black man who was pursued and fatally shot while jogging near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia, “An Act of Self Defense” published in the coveted Canadian journal Subterranean Blue Poetry. Immensely thankful to the Poetry Editor Rebecca Ann Banks for supporting my creative work and giving it a space in such an esteemed journal. I’m absolutely blessed to share the space in this edition with the First African American Woman Pulitzer Winner in Poetry, Gwendolyn Brookes as the featured poet.
Gwendolyn Brooks (Poet, teacher, author) born in Topeka, Kansas, when young, her family moved to Chicago. Brooks wrote about the experience of urban Blacks. She was highly celebrated, notably being the first Black American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize (1950) and to become a member of the American Academy of Arts & Letters. She was the Poet Laureate of Illinois amongst other honours. She is best remembered for writing the books, A Street in Bronzeville, Annie Allen and Winnie amongst others.
The edition also features the poetry of Zo-Alonzo Gross, Jim Hirtle, Kimberlynne Darby Newton ,Gerard Robledo ,Nnadi Samuel and Jonathan Shipley.
You can read my poem “An Act of Self Defense” here.