This is harder than I imagined, but I would like to start a new contest in memory of Michael Brown and in sorrow at the recent verdict. I know that many are upset, and I believe that this contest is the right thing to do, especially if I want to continue to honor African-Americans such as Thelonious Monk, Ron Carter, and Robert Glasper. Otherwise, these contests are very hollow.
I am looking for poetry that mourns, that bears witness, and that calls for change. I am not looking for violent or gratuitous poetry. I am not looking to attack the police who are protecting their community and acting appropriately. The Song Is.. may not be a family-friendly space, but I hope that it can be a multiracial space.
The deadline for the contest will be March 15.
Thank you for your assistance in promoting this contest.
Here is some poetry from Gwendolyn Brooks to inspire you:
And here is some music for you:
Ambrose Akinmusire's "Oscar Grant": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt1ai0ZQ-IM
Finally, how different are these young men from Missouri?
Tonight the fall contests will continue with Joan McNerney's poems.