Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Poem by Naomi Long Madgett


I read these lines this morning in the New York Times obituary for Naomi Long Madgett. They were from her 1959 poem "Midway" inspired by the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Her first book of poetry was published when she was 17. Six years later her work was included in an anthology co-edited by Langston Hughes who was an early mentor. 

She founded Lotus Press in 1972 to publish work by black writers and was the Poet Laureate of Detroit from 2001 until her death on November 5.

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