Thoughtful Thursday

/Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday: Kevin Young

Today's Thoughtful Thursday is dedicated to the award winning poet Kevin Young (b.1970). Kevin, whose work has been featured in many Thoughtful Thursdays, is the poetry editor of the New Yorker and the director of New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Prior to that he was the Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing and [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Wise Women Talking

In today's Thoughtful Thursday we will hear from two wise women poets: Anne Spencer and Audre Lorde. Anne Spencer(1882-1975) was a Harlem Renaissance poet and civil rights activist. Though she lived in Lynchburg Virginia her whole life, she maintained close friendships with many Harlem Renaissance writers, including James Weldon Johnson, Langston Hughes, and W.E.B. Du Bois, and her home [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Monday Holiday Edition

Today is Presidents' Day, (which happened to land this year on George Washington's actual birthday), and Friday was Valentine's Day, so we are offering a two-for-one Thoughtful Thursday this Monday. Yep. You're welcome! For our Presidents' Day offering, here are two wonderful poems composed for Presidential inaugurations: "On the Pulse of Morning" which Maya Angelou (1928-2014) delivered at President [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Great Poems from Great Poets

As we continue the celebration of poetry during Black History month, for today's Thoughtful Thursday we offer selections from four of our great poets. First we have "Frederick Douglass" by the renowned Robert Hayden (1913-1980), the first African American poet to hold the position of Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, which later came to be known [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Keeping Hope Alive

To say that this week has been a tough one for Democrats is an understatement.  The President is acquitted, turns his State of the Union address into a campaign ad for his "Comeback Tour", gives an avowed racist the Medal of Honor, and sees an uptick in his approval rating.  Meanwhile, in a effort to flex their brand new [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: In Kobe’s Own Words

We are still reeling from the tragic loss of basketball great Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gigi, and seven other passengers on that helicopter flight.  For today's Thoughtful Thursday, rather than presenting more poetry to soothe our collective pain, we offer inspirational quotes from the man himself.  Taken from interviews over the years and his book "The Mamba Mentality", his [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: HBD, Dr. MLK!!

Happy Belated Birthday to Dr. King! While we as a nation will officially celebrate on Monday, we should not forget (or let our children forget) that January 15th was his actual birthday. Today's Thoughtful Thursday will break from our normal poetry/inspirational quotes offering to ask: How are you planning to commemorate Dr. King's holiday?  Here are an assortment of [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Soon It Will Be Christmas Day!!

In less than a week Christmas will be here!  In celebration, today's Thoughtful Thursday brings some of our favorite Christmas poetry.  First we have the glorious "Christmas Carol" from Paul Laurence Dunbar,  followed by the delightful "[little tree]" by e.e. cummings.  We end with the traditional crowd favorite, "Twas the Night Before Christmas", which, depending upon which scholars you [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Robert Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays”

On this Thoughtful Thursday, as temperatures drop below freezing in the North East, our thoughts turn to poems about the chill of winter.  And so it is time to revisit an old GCP favorite, "Those Winter Sundays" by Robert Hayden.  While its title and some of its vibrant imagery evoke winter's chill, at the core of the poem is a [...]

Thoughtful Thursday: Crystal Williams and Marilyn Nelson

Today's Thoughtful Thursday features two award-winning African American female poets whose work is new to us, although these poets have been heralded for some time by (better read) poetry fans worldwide. Crystal Williams, a Detroit native, has written four award-winning poetry collections.  A graduate of NYU (undergrad) and Cornell University (M.F.A.), Williams has taught at several universities and managed [...]