Two posts a week for a year.
Reading and writing in response to American avant-garde poetry
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Lorenzo Thomas was born in Panama in 1944 and immigrated to
the US with his family at the age of 4. He was part of the Black Arts Movement
and New York School and a member of the Umbra workshop, a black writers’
collective whose members included poets Ishmael Reed and Calvin Hernton.
poetry is both personal and political, as John Ashbery express it: “Thomas’s
poems have a graceful New York School nonchalance that can swiftly become a
hard and cutting edge when he writes of the African American experience.”
A few of his poems can be found online at the Poetry