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Affecting change through the power of words
Touched by boys Loved By Men: a collection of short poems by Lashanda Henry (msoy original).
Poetry Resources: submissions, links, news, and more.
Russell Simmons Def Poetry, spoken word performances featured on HBO.
Jill Scott will be releasing a book of poetry, entitled simply, The Minutes, The Moments, The Hours (St. Martin Press)
The original poetry of Huny on thatbitch.com
Terry ONeal, poet and writer, author of children's books.
The Book of American Negro Poetry, chosen and Edited with an Essay on The Negro's Creative Genius
FatGurlLink.com featuring original poetry and short stories.

The Spoken World, website of poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph.
Nappy Poetry at Nappyhair.com.
She Rhymes
Spoken Word and Poetry Resources strictly for women
An Msoy Original collaboration between animation and poetry
An msoy original animation feature sound tracks for Def Poetry Jam (temporarily down)
The Nuyorican Poets Cafe

Founded circa 1973, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe began as a living room salon in the East Village apartment of writer and poet, Miguel Algarin. Algarin, a college professor at the center of this blossoming arts community, was dedicated to bringing new work into the public eye. By 1975 it became clear that there were many poets and too much energy for Algarin's living room. William Morrow Inc. had just published an anthology titled “Nuyorican Poetry”. Miguel Piñero's “Short Eyes” had just won two awards as best play of the 1974 season. Poetry, the vital sign of a new culture, needed to be heard live. So Algarin rented an Irish bar, the Sunshine Cafe on East 6th Street, which was christened The Nuyorican Poets Cafe. By 1980, the overflow of audiences led the Cafe to purchase an “in rem” building at 236 East 3rd Street to expand its activities and programs.

A non-profit organization, the Cafe has emerged as one of the country's most highly respected arts organizations and has become an acclaimed forum for innovative poetry, music, hip hop, video, visual arts, comedy and theatre.

The mission of the Cafe is to create a multi-cultural venue that both nurtures artists and exhibits a variety of artistic works. Without limitation, we are dedicated to providing a stage for the arts with access for the widest public.

Poetry / Floetry / Rhyme  
Poetry Submssion : Upon picking up my lost journal from a police station in Japan

In the space between
ギリギリ-ness [barely-ness] and an address for web-order knits
stretches weeks of separation,
thoughts that were
but will never be again
because of
a lack of proof
of their having
metaphysically existed
broken into the physical realm
of penstrokes.

Much about me has
but I can't pin it to
any one thing
any more than I would want to be able to do so
or know
the content of my changes.

(The knowledge of change somehow would mean
its negation.)

At the moment,
I'm content with this reunion of selves:

Past and passing.
Present and presence.

Thumbing through these pages
offers me glimpses into the person(s)
I have been
this summer, and,
seeing as I haven't quite accepted that
summer days are gone,
I don't think
I'm quite ready to let go of the
"beatiful summer chrysalis."

I'm not quite set to
thumbing through these mental years
that occured
in a matter of months.

I'm not ready to stop remembering--
just as I'm not yet ready
to begin
to forget.

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