Welcome to MrAfrica Poetry Lounge. Here you can indulge in poetry that is written by amateur and famous black poets from around the world. Established in 2001, we have had the pleasure of showcasing thousands of poets. Nearly 22 years later, our mission still is the same, as we continue to uplift another generation of poets and poetry lovers.
Good afternoon, everyone. Every generation has voices that will speak to their time and their voices will eventually transcend time. Just as Phyllis Wheatly, Maya Angelou, and Langston Hughes would show us life in their era, they would give us transcending wisdom. Today we are seeing the emergence of Black Poets that are speaking for this era; they are the new greatness that will continue the legacy of dynamic Black Poetry. One of the poetic voices of this era is Jericho Brown. This Louisiana born writer happens to be the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and the National Endowment for the Arts, and he is the winner of the Whiting Award. Do enjoy his poetry; Odd Jobs, Vaccinated, Heart Condition, Track 1: Lush Life, and Prayer of the Backhanded. There also is Angela Jackson. A playwright, and novelist based in Chicago, Illinois. She became Illinois Poet Laureate in 2020. Has already inspired so many poets, and her words will soothe one's poetic soul. AJ poems; Angel, Strolling, Angelhair, The Gulf of Blues, and Miz Rosa Rides the Bus. Also doing her part, we have Vievee Francis who is currently an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. Like so many of the greats, she is a master of wordplay. VF poetry; Taking It, Inevitability, Given to Rust, Beast and Beauty, and Like Jesus to the Crows. Detroit, born poet Tyehimba Jess has been on the scene for a while now. Already acknowledge by his peers, this writer happens to also be the Assistant Professor of English at College of Staten Island. A poetry slam veteran, I do encourage one to stop, and just feel his flow; Mercy, What Marked Tom?, Blind Boone's Vision, Hagar in the Wilderness, and martha promise receives leadbelly, 1935. A man who truly paved the way for 21st century black writers, I'm honored to be able to post some of William S. Braithwaite poetry. Whenever you get a chance, do research, and you will find this brother accomplished so much, I for one will forever be grateful. WSB poems; Del Cascar, This is My Life, It's a Long Way, The House of Death, and Turn Me to My Yellow Leaves.
Now many of you, have heard of the Harlem Renaissance which was an Intellectual and cultural revival of African American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater, politics and scholarship. Many dynamic women contributed to the literature of this time. One of them was, Carrie W. Clifford. The sister was noted for being an author, clubwoman, and activist in the women's rights and civil rights movements in the United States. Like her male peers, poetry inspired such a writer to pen the following pieces: God, Quest, Poetry, Together, and The New Year. Also, Clara Ann Thompson was part of the in crowd. A teacher and civil rights advocate, she often enjoyed writing. Her poems allow one to go back in time. CAT poetry; Hope, Memorial Day, To My Dead Brother, Uncle Rube's Defense, and Johnny's Pet Superstition. This poet is no longer with us but know that Maya Angelou's poetry shall continue to touch the lives of many people, and poets alike. A few more pieces from our beloved queen; Kin, Awaking in New York, and On the Pulse of Morning. Another one of the greats, from the past, is Langston Hughes. His poetry speaks for itself, and still today many seek out such a unique flow; Aunt Sue's Stories, and Lament for Dark Peoples. At this moment, Quincy Troupe happens to be one of the elder statesman in poetry, and often associated with Black Arts Movement writers such as: Ishmael Reed, Wanda Coleman, Haki Madhubuti, Amiri Baraka, Nikki Giovanni, and the list goes on. The brother even today continues to breathe poetry; I encourage all to read more of his work: Amnesia #1, Sonic Fireflies, and Amnesia #3: Photographs & Videos. Before I wrap up this site update, I must mention poet Georgia Douglas Johnson. One of the earliest female African American playwrights, and an important figure of the Harlem Renaissance. Georgia is a prime example of what can happen, if one doesn't allow society, to limit your shine. More of GDJ poetry; Moods, Brotherhood, and Homing Braves... Do continue to stop by and take in the work of amazing poets, while adding your poetry to the legacy of Black Literature... Have a nice day. Mr. Africa - February 1, 2022
Good afternoon, everyone... So happy to see thousands of visitors come through on a monthly basis and enjoy poetry. Here we shall continue to showcase black poets. Black History Month is just around the corner. During that time, feel free to patronize your favorite poets, and so on. As a community, we need to do our part when it comes to supporting the arts. On that note, this week we have the one and only James Baldwin. This brother, who was also active in civil rights movement, left a lasting impression upon us all. Through his work, one is allowed to peek inside of black community during a disturbing and turbulent era. JB poems; Amen, Untitled, The giver (for Berdis), Munich, Winter 1973 (for Y.S.), and Le sporting-club de Monte Carlo (for Lena Horne). Then we have Patricia Smith, who is a four-time individual National Poetry Slam champion. She happens to be the first Black Woman to publish a weekly metro column for the Boston Globe. Sister has paid her dues, so do enjoy reading over a few poetic pieces; Siblings, Sweet Daddy, Hip-Hop Ghazal, Prologue-And Then She Owns You, and When Black Men Drown Their Daughters. This brother needs no introduction; Ghanian born poet Kwame Dawes, has already authored over 20 books, and is doing his part to uplift a generation of African writers. KW poetry; Talk, Horns, Caution, Requiem, and Coffee Break. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Tracy K. Smith already has accomplished a lot, and still today this talented sister is creating masterpieces. Currently, she is a professor and director of the Lewis Center for the Arts' Program in creative writing at Princeton University. Feel free to intake TKS words; Dusk, Sci-Fi, The Good Life, Garden of Eden, and Wade in the Water. During the dark times within American history our people found a way to survive, and many indulge in literature. Such a person was George Moses Horton, who is widely acknowledge, as the first African-American to publish a collection of poetry in the South during the antebellum period. Take a few minutes to bathe within his flow; Lincoln Is Dead, The Southern Refugee, Like Brothers We Meet, On Liberty and Slavery, and George Moses Horton, Myself. It's a new year, and we are continually dedicated to introducing you to more dynamic poets, and their poetry. Do continue to visit, and contribute to this ever growing oasis of Black literature. Have a bless day. Mr. Africa - January 24, 2022
Good afternoon, everyone. Like so many, I'm excited to embrace 2022. It's the start of a New Year; finally, after all these years, we have unveiled a new design. The design may look familiar, as it's similar to well-known encyclopedia site Wikipedia. With that, let's all enjoy the new poetry. First there is Arthur Lewin. This Jamaican born poet, kindly sent us 5 poems: WOKE, SHADOW OF A DOUBT, WORLDS WITHOUT END, I've Seen Cities That Don't Exist, and NOW THAT YOU KNOW THE STORY... This brother also happens to be an accomplished professor; it's always nice to see our people working in the educational sector. There is also Ntozake Shange. This sister truly touched so many, as a black feminist, and one who proudly pushed the Black Power agenda. NS poems; i. Mood Indigo, who am i thinkin of, for my dead & loved ones, [lady in red] "at 4:30 AM", and its happenin/ but you dont know abt it. Many of you may not have heard of Frances E.W. Harper. This woman was born free in 1825; later in years she would become a teacher, public speaker, and part of the abolishing slavery movement. Do enjoy more of her poetry; Learning to Read, The Slave Mother, The Slave Auction, A Double Standard, and Songs for the People. Can't forget Audre Lorde. Some would say she was before her time, as this sister wore so many Titles: feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. Her poems allow one to view things from various perspectives; Hanging Fire, Rites of passage, THE OLD DAYS, A Litany for Survival, and From the House of Yemanja. Before I go, I want to encourage all to leave a message via the new guestbook. Let us know how long you been visiting this place, and if we have posted any of your work over the years. Have a nice day. Mr. Africa - January 3, 2022
Good afternoon everyone. As a poet, it warms my heart to come across poets who paved the way for this generation. One of those people happen to be Effie Lee Newsome. This talented writer devoted her life to enriching the lives of our youth. She wrote poetry for children, and a little-known fact, was indeed part of the Harlem Renaissance. ELN poems; Bats, Sunset, TURKEY, IN WINTER, Morning Light, Peacock Feather, The Bronze Legacy, O Autumn, Autumn!, The Bird in the Cage, GLADIOLA GARDEN, and O Sea, That Knowest Thy Strength... Our second poet happens to be Al Young. Like so many of the greats before, the brother is no longer with us. However, his poetry still lives on and can be experienced by all. Like so many of his peers, Al had an extensive career as a professor at such universities like U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis, Bowling Green State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan among others. AL poems; For Poets, HOT OCTOBER, and Key to the Dollar Store... With that, I want to encourage all to continue to visit on daily basis. My fellow writers, never allow the ink to run dry in your pen. Have a bless day. Mr. Africa - November 6, 2021
Good afternoon everyone. It's been chilly around these parts. Like many of you, getting ready for Halloween, I know the local kids in your area shall be Trick-or-treating. With that, it's nice to see the site grow on a weekly basis. I enjoy adding new content; '3' famous poets have return. First there is Marcus Garvey, this man loved his people; he had a desired to connect all Africans. No matter which continent one resided on he wanted this unity. He also happens to be a talented writer... MG poems; Get Up And Do, The Black Woman, Africa For The Africans, Hail! United States of Africa, and A Black Man's Speech to a White Man in America... Next we have Etheridge Knight, who seems to be overlooked when many talk about the great black poets of the past. His flow was unique, so do enjoy; Haiku, PEACE, Apology for Apostasy?, FOR MALCOLM, A YEAR AFTER, and THE WARDEN SAID TO ME THE OTHER DAY... This brother tragically lost his life at such a young age. Henry Dumas, an upcoming writer, was love and praised by his peers, such as Toni Morrison. Take the time to read over this poets work; Rite, Thought, America, Love Song, Son of Msippi, mosaic harlem, Knock on Wood, Island within Island, and Knees of a Natural Man... Before I go, would like for all to sign up for our 'NEW' newsletter; MrAfrica (------- If you would like to stay up to date, with what's going on within the poetry world, or just be notified when MrAfrica Poetry Lounge is updated, do show some luv... Until then, have a nice day. Mr. Africa - October 29, 2021
Good afternoon, everyone. This will be a small update, but do know, I have fully embraced poetry again. That means poems will be added on a weekly basis, so do visit often. I'm also looking to bring back our newsletter. So much is going on within the poetic world, and I would like to keep everything up to date. I have many plans for this site, as 2022 shall indeed be a magical year. Enough of that, let me re-introduce two Harlem Renaissance poets. First there is Anne Spencer who worked as a librarian, and teacher. The sister was dedicated to teaching our youth, and literally bringing black life to the masses through poetry... AS Poems; 1975, Taboo, Dunbar, He Said, Translation, Earth, I thank you, and The Eyes of My Regret. There was also Angelina W. Grimke who was born into a prominent family of abolitionists and civil-rights activists. Majority of her work seems to touch base on nature and a somewhat yearning for love. Feel free to take the time and read over AG poems; Vigil, Death, El Beso, Fragment, To Joseph Lee, Littl Grey Dreams, and Hushed by the Hands Of Sleep... As I wrap this up, I have one last request: my fellow poets don't be shy, step up to the plate and submit a few poems. Did you know many poets who are now self-published authors, first got introduce to the masses via MrAfrica Poetry Lounge? Shall you be the next? -Smile- Have a nice day. Mr. Africa - October 9, 2021