The Poetry Window: Identity Poetry

Do you know about our Poetry Window in the US Library?  Volunteer and Catlin alumna Delia Garigan has assembled the work of several poets for your enjoyment.  Here are the links to explore for further information about them.

IDpoetry

Mohja Kahf
Syrian-American
An active poet, teacher, and social commentator, she has a robust web presence, including a blog and Twitter feed.  Listen to the Morning Edition NPR interview: Tangerine Scarf:  A Story of Muslims in America.  She was interviewed by the New York Times in 2007 for their Books page.  Click here for the article.

Bernard Binlin Dadié
Ivory Coast/Côte d’Ivoire
Dadié is one of the greats of African poetry. Check out the rest of this blog to learn more.  Here’s the original French version of the poem.

Diana Chang
Chinese-American
The Barnard College website has an interesting blurb about Diana Chang. Born in the US and raised in China, she worked a journalist for an English-language paper in occupied Shanghai during WWII. Later she worked in publishing and became the first Asian-American novelist. Here’s another of her poems.

Gerald Stern
Jewish American
Visit the Poetry Foundation for a biography of Stern, and listen to him read from his work.

Gary Soto
Mexican-American
Soto’s website is full of interesting biographical information, and the Poetry Foundation provides some other poems of his to read.  Click for a thought-provoking article.

The US Library would like to thank Delia for her work on this special project.

-Sue

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