Agony over people living in poverty
– Who is being grieved in this moment?
Dorothea Lange asked to talk to white people
– How is race factoring into this?
– Complicated moments of racial context
Agee article – commissioned to write this
These issues don’t arise with Street in Bronzeville
Voices of people affected by the war
Brooks – Kitchenette Building
– Charts degrees of race
– Crisis of the war in terms of race relations in America
– Harlem renaissance
— Race + class + gaze
— Writing a poem at a certain place at a time and what is there & then
Ballad of Pearl May Lee
This week’s assignment – poem for a building (e.g. Kitchenette Building) or person (more examples in Brooks collection)
Gwendolyn Brooks did groundbreaking work within her own community
Ballads, sonnets, open form poems – feels like walking down a street
– Content against the form
What happened to the people who were photographed?