Lansana, Quraysh Ali 2003

Monday, November 3, 2003
with Simone Muench and Jennifer Grotz

folk live in ma bones
breathe ma breath
we night like skin

– Quraysh Ali Lansana, “burdens”

Broadside of “Elegy for the Unsaid” by Simone Muench, “Try” by Jennifer Grotz, and “burdens” by Quraysh Ali Lansana

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Listen to an interview with Quraysh Ali Lansana from WBEZ:

Quraysh Ali Lansana talks about his work and the ‘Verse Journalism’ project

Another gifted local poet, Quraysh Ali Lansana, has been teaching the form, and joined Neighborhood Writing Alliance for a workshop last month. He’s a professor at Chicago State, and a recent nominee for an NAACP Image Award.

dis suit of clothes jus as empty
as a sky wid no stars
two years a workin    savin money
den    john drop out my heart

– Quraysh Ali Lansana, “hole”

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Watch Quraysh Ali Lansana discuss his book of poems, The Walmart Republic, for the Academy of American Poets:

Quraysh Ali Lansana: The Walmart Republic

Quraysh Ali Lansana stops by the Academy of American Poets to discuss his latest book of poems, The Walmart Republic, cowritten by Christopher Stewart. *For highest quality playback, change your view settings using the gear icon to 720p HD.

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