The Sobbing School by Joshua BennettSelected by Eugene Gloria as a winner of the National Poetry Series
The Sobbing School, Joshua Bennett’s mesmerizing debut collection of poetry, presents songs for the living and the dead that destabilize and de-familiarize representations of black history and contemporary black experience. What animates these poems is a desire to assert life, and interiority, where there is said to be none. Figures as widely divergent as Bobby Brown, Martin Heidegger, and the 19th-century performance artist Henry Box Brown, as well as Bennett’s own family and childhood best friends, appear and are placed in conversation in order to show that there is always a world beyond what we are socialized to see value in, always alternative ways of thinking about relation that explode easy binaries.
Joshua Bennett - "Levi"
Spoken Wordsmith: Joshua Bennett
He is among 35 winners of the prestigious scholarship. He received a standing ovation from President and Mrs. A clip is available at www. As part of the Research and Education in Active Coatings Technologies for the Human Habitat program, students conduct fundamental research on materials that can improve lives while engaging in international collaborations and educational activities. For nearly two decades, a major national study of kidney disease led and coordinated at Penn has defined key risk factors in an all-too-common silent epidemic.
Brave New Voices slam champion Joshua Bennett performs "Tamara?s Opus at the White House Evening of Poetry, Music, and the Spoken Word.
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Joshua Bennett, beyond words
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Originally published on Youthradio. Jamaica Osorio, 18, is a member of Youth Speaks Hawai'i. The White House event is part of an ongoing conversation the Obama Administration has initiated on the role of the arts and arts education as tools for change. For more from these young poets and their super talented counterparts around the country, check out the Brave New Voices HBO special, presented by Russell Simmons and narrated by Queen Latifah, which has its finale on Sunday, May 17th. Tamara has never listened to hip-hop.