Furious Flower Poetry Center Celebrates National Poetry Month with Poem a Day


by Megan N. Medeiros


SUMMARY: The Furious Flower Poetry Center celebrated National Poetry Month (April) with a Poem a Day on social media. Each poem was chosen from the Center's second anthology, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry.

If you follow Furious Flower on social media, you know that for the last month we've celebrated National Poetry Month with a Poem a Day selection from one of our anthologies, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry.untitled_design_26.pngEach day, we posted a graphic containing a two-to-four-stanza selection from a poem along with a picture of the poet. However, given the nature of social media posts, we didn't have the space to include the entire poem or where it could be found within the anthology. We wanted to provide you all with a written companion for the entire list of poems, including page numbers as well as a downloadable kit of the graphics.

Furious Flower's National Poetry Month Poem A Day

  1. "Initiation" by Kamilah Aisha Moon (p.59)
  2. "Aeration" by Taylor Johnson (p.190)
  3. "A Reckoning: Assata in 1980" by Damaris B. Hill (p.198)
  4. "A Fruit We Never Tasted" by Xandria Phillips (p.201)
  5. "Versal" by Francine J. Harris (p.239)
  6. "Discipline" by Phillip B. Williams (p.311)
  7. "Jim on the Raft after His 'Dream'" by Hayes Davis (p.188-9)
  8. "I Don't Think for a Second That We Won't Survive" by Abdul Ali (p.21)
  9. "for home" by Destiny O. Birdsong (p.29)
  10. "Fish Fry" by Remica Bingham-Risher (p.28)
  11. "Knuckle Head" by Teri Ellen Cross Davis (p.35)
  12. "self-portrait with no flag" by Safia Elhillo (p.36)
  13. "Making" by Duriel E. Harris (p.43)
  14. "Bread Pudding Grandmamma" by Darrel Alejandro Holnes (p.47)
  15. "Praise Poem for my Leo Self" by JP Howard (p.49)
  16. "We Put So Much Faith in the Power of Doors" by Jacqueline Jones Lamon (p.55)
  17. "what we lose in the fire a blown tire makes us see" by Raina J. León (p.17)
  18. "what the cicada said to the black boy" by Clint Smith (p.64)
  19. "Another Clearing of the Land" by Tara Betts (p.85)
  20. "Night" by Reginald Dwayne Betts (p.83-84)
  21. "Bring Back" by Samantha Thornhill (p.65)
  22. "I Wish You Black Sons" by Glenis Redmond (p.122-124)
  23. "Dew-Drier" by Dante Micheaux (p.113)
  24. "American Religion" by Lynne Procope (p.120-121)
  25. "Cathedral" by Valencia Robin (p.125)
  26. "Global Warming Blues" -Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie (p.133)
  27. "Blackberries" by Amber Flora Thomas (p.308-309)
  28. "Resurrection Sunday" by L. Lamar Wilson (p.137-140)
  29. "Garden of the Gods" by Ama Codjoe (p.182-183)
  30. "Brown to Browne : : Douglass to Tubman Remix" by F. Douglas Brown (p.173-174)


If you don't yet have a copy of our anthology, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, edited by Furious Flower Director Dr. Joanne Gabbin and Assistant Director (soon to be Director) Lauren K. Alleyne, you can purchase it from Northwestern University Press.

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Published: Monday, May 2, 2022

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

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