Strongly influenced by the great poets of the Black Power/Black Arts movement of the mid- 1960s to the mid-1970s, contemporary Black poets are visionary, political, experimental, and are forces for social change. This course will largely emphasize writers who can be considered performance poets and whose work has been deeply concerned with interrogating systemic racism in the U.S. Students who take this course should be willing to participate actively, write frequently, and engage open-mindedly with the poetry we study together. This is a “W” competency course and also a PPD course; please keep in mind that the “W” competency certification is documented separately from your course grade on your final transcript.
Geis, Deborah, "ENG 255/AF ST 290 Contemporary African American Poetry Geis Fall 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 23, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.