Saturday, January 28, 2006

Folk Say - An African-American Equivalent to Asian-American Poetry

Wow, so blogging about issues does make a difference! In a comment below, Kevin Andrew Elliott says that my post on the lack of an African-American equivalent to this blog has inspired him to establish just such a blog on African-American poetry -- "Folk Say"

This is exciting! Kevin's first post is terrific and sounds the message of inclusiveness and curiosity that I find important to both our blogs.

You know, I feel like All in the Family, and the Jeffersons have now moved up on to the East Side to their own groundbreaking series. I want to say that I'm not being "racial" here, and this comparison would work just as well with The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, but both our blogs concern "race" anyway, so I might as well work the race angle for any humor that may exist. After all, there is no Asian-American equivalent to All in the Family (unless you want to Margaret Cho's All-American Girl, though it's questionable whether she would even want to count that herself), so I'll run with this comparison.


Blogger Thin Black Duke said...

Hey Roger, well yes, we are movin' on up! Thanks for the shout out. It's much appreciated.

11:13 AM  
Blogger Lorna Dee Cervantes said...

Yes! We need more of everything!

However, I'm not sure I agree with your original assumption: Click on Mahogany Brown, one of the best up & coming African American poet bloggers and follow her links. Go to and find African American poets of all ages with blogs. Pre-blogs there were listserves, message boards, email lists, They may be invisible, though, on the current weblinks -- but they are out there. (Someone already mentioned Ethelbert, a longtime blogger.)

Thanks for pointing it out.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Lorna Dee Cervantes said...

A lot of us, that is, the educated creative underclass, work in the service fields, non-profits, etc., and time is a real premium.

10:21 AM  
Blogger Lee Herrick said...


Pam Lu tagged you. Hope all's well.


7:53 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

hey roger, send me a poem for the APA MiPo issue!

you know my email

2:26 PM  
Blogger Roger Pao said...

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Things have been hectic, but hopefully, more very shortly. Thanks!

10:11 AM  
Blogger Roger Pao said...

And thanks for all the posts! Thanks, in particular, Lorna for the names of African American poets as well as the recommendation of African American poets are indeed out there in cyberspace, and I suppose that it's at least partly a matter of knowing where to look.

2:52 AM  

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