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Walidah Imarisha's Poetic Journey

OPB | Aug. 15, 2014 3:16 p.m. | Updated: Aug. 19, 2014 11:19 a.m. | Portland

 

As tensions exploded in Ferguson, Missouri this week, America’s complex relationship with race came front and center. These issues are daily bread for poet Walidah Imarisha.

 

She’s just released a new collection of poems is called Scars/Stars.  Race riots, the Gaza Strip, and the U.S. corrections system are some of the subjects she tackles head-on. Imarisha teaches at Portland State University, and writes all manner of prose, from literary criticism to journalistic reportage of capital punishment.

But Imarisha told us this week she comes back to poetry again and again, for its convincing power.

 

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