When he was awarded an honorary degree in civil law at Newcastle University in 1967, Dr Martin Luther King gave an electrifying extemporaneous address, speaking without notes, in which he said: ‘There are three urgent and indeed great problems that we face today…That is the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war.’
As part of a fifty year anniversary and celebration, this anthology gathers poets from both sides of the Atlantic to address the challenges set out by Dr King. It’s a shock to think how little has changed, and that Martin Luther King could well be speaking right here, right now. In the spirit of Dr King and his work as a humanitarian and activist, this anthology brings together poems that offer powerful testimonies to the urgent issues Dr King defines and represents the polyphony of voices that speak in resistance to our continuing problems of racism, poverty and war.
Featuring poems by Ishion Hutchinson, Vahni Capildeo, Jericho Brown, Moniza Alvi, Nikki Giovanni, Daljit Nagra, Thylias Moss, Bernardine Evaristo, E. Ethelbert Miller, Hannah Lowe, Willie Perdomo, Mimi Khalvati, John Keene, Dorothea Smartt, Philip Metres, Vidyan Ravinthiran, Lauren K. Alleyne, Rishi Dastidar, Kendel Hippolyte and many more.
Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Series: 17