Essay about The Rise Of Young Voices Of Color

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Oakland Poetry: The Rise of Young Voices of Color

Oakland is a community flourishing in the arts, poetry and literature kept alive by Young Artists and Poets. Many of these young poets have been historically ignored by Academia. The body of poetry in Oakland consists of oral/performance poetry and flourishes in communal spaces, spaces that work towards unifying the community and creating a safe environment for underrepresented and marginalized communities.From the beginning of the Black Arts Movement in the 70s with writers like Ishmael Reed and Sarah Webster Fabio have pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a writer. There is a new emergence of young creativity in Oakland that has been inspired by the upsurge of political movements and renders a new image of “people’s poetry” that mirrors the struggles of international movements against oppression. Poetry is a dialogue between the poet and the world. Writers that have spoken out against racism have been shunned in the literary world. Kathy Hongs essay “Delusions of Whiteness in the Avant Garde” tackles this issue. She argues that the acceptance of poetry in the literary world is based on how poets of color address race: “mainstream poetry is rather pernicious at in awarding quietist minority poets, who assage quasi white liberal guilt rather than challenge it.” A poet that is on the fringes of any mainstream political debate is often dismissed as a fanatic. However in the small knit community of…

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