On the occasion of Juneteenth and the start of Father’s Day weekend, I thought a little awesomeness from Tracy K. Smith would make a fine prompt. In this video from the P.O.P series of poet-interviews, Smith reads a poem by Seamus Heaney and one of her own, both about fathers. I also love her complex and thoughtful response about the usefulness of writing political poems: a kind of how-to for approaching this essential work.
Try writing something that similarly celebrates triumphs, failures, and influence of your father (or grandfather or other father figure). Try to share your connection to history. Then join us on Zoom for our virtual salon at 7pm for readings and conversation.