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Cave Canem Issue 2008 Vol.8 Issues III-IV



             Our song is
             Scream
             for the earth where we learn
             the worship of all things round.


                               —Indigo Moor, “Splinter of the Path” from Tap-Root





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In this issue a feature of Cave Canem poets
guest-edited by Niki Herd:


Cave Canem Feature



Opal Palmer Adisa
Lauren Kizi-Ann Alleyne
E.J. Antonio
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Tara Betts
Antoinette Brim
Derrick Weston Brown
Christian Campbell
Cyrus Cassells
Curtis L. Crisler
Jarita Davis
Toi Derricotte
Kimberly Dixon
Cornelius Eady
Aricka M. Foreman
Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Richard Hamilton
francine j. harris
Niki Herd
Lita Hooper
Randall Horton
Ashaki M. Jackson
Marcus Jackson
Amanda Johnston
Alan King
Quraysh Ali Lansana
Charles H. Lynch
Adrian Matejka
Jamaal May
Colleen J. McElroy
David Mills
Marilyn Nelson
Carl Phillips
Iain Haley Pollock
Khadijah Queen
Robert R. Reese
Ed Roberson
Kamau Rucker
Metta Sáma
Nicole Sealey
Evie Shockley
Kevin Simmonds
Patricia Smith
Christina Springer
Cedric Tillman
Anastacia (Stacey) Tolbert
Qiana Towns
Nagueyalti Warren
Marcus Wicker
Ian Williams
Phillip Williams
Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Translations:
from the Chinese of Bei Ta
by Afaa Michael Weaver

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Features in Previous Issues

Fall/Winter 2007:
Contemporary Poetry and Translation from Malta. Interviews with Eleni Sikelianos and Cynthia Hogue. Feature of H.D.'s novel The Sword Went Out to Sea, new work by Sikelianos and Hogue, new translations of Roubaud, a chapbook by Melissa Buckheit, and more.

In 2006:

Contemporary Slovenian Poets

Emerging Poets



Poetry As a State of Becoming:

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“I think poets just starting out have to understand that we stand on the shoulders of others who have done it before us; that inspiration comes from the past and the present. Poetry is a life long conversation with language. I like to think of myself as a student for life, so I am constantly exploring, seeking modes of expression.”
An Interview with Randall Horton

By Niki Herd


Randall Horton's poems

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Cave Canem

Founded in 1996 by poets Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady to remedy the under-representation and isolation of African American poets in MFA programs and writing workshops, Cave Canem is a home for the many voices of African American poetry and is committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of African American poets. Called “the major watering hole and air pocket for black poetry”by poet Nikky Finney, Cave Canem has grown from an initial gathering of 27 poets to become an influential movement with a renowned faculty and a high-achieving fellowship of 268 poets residing in 34 states. . . cavecanempoets.org.

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Visuals



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Just Hands

Photos by Rachel Eliza Griffiths




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Multimedia Art

by Marcus Wicker







Chapbooks

photoAlabama Inmate Notes

by Richard Hamilton



photo Excerpts from: Strangers, Neighbors and Places: The People Poems Collection
by
Anastacia (Stacey) Tolbert

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Essays


Poesis Behind Bars
by Richard Hamilton


God's Graffiti: Cave Canem 1996—2008
by Niki Herd


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Reviews

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A Gathering of Matter/A Matter of Gathering
A poetry collection by Dawn Lundy Martin, reviewed by Nicole Sealey


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