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National Poetry Month: The Power and Lyricism of Black Poetry and Music
Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Join BHCC's own Enzo Surin, Professor, English Department, as he reads and discusses his award-winning poetry collection When My Body Was a Clenched Fist (Black Lawrence Press, 2020). This work addresses the effects of social violence on a young boy’s mind and the consequent physical toll it takes on his body. At the heart of these poems is the metamorphosis of trauma from different acts of violence, some witnessed firsthand, and the struggle to make sense of the world in its aftermath. Set in the borough of Queens, New York, each poem is unrelenting in its depiction of the body as a fist and a young boy’s decade-long clinch for survival. Winner of the 2021 Massachusetts Book Award for Poetry. Sponsored by the Division of Humanities and Learning Communities and the Office of College Events and Cultural Planning Join by Zoom Join by phone: +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) Meeting ID: 845 6132 7739 Passcode: 284812