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0120200412Born & raised on Chicago's West side, Poet, teacher, and performance artist Patricia Smith came to verse late but is perhaps the true heir to the great Gwendolyn Brooks with her powerful & exact chronicles that make black lives matter. In collections like Incendiary Art & Blood Dazzler, Smith takes on police shootings, Chicago history and the devastating impact of hurricane Katrina to sear poetry into society. Maria Margaronis hears her voice.
Producer: Mark Burman

New poetry programme from BBC Radio 4

Bronzeville Beat

01Patricia Smith - Gwendolyn's heir20200412Born & raised on Chicago's West side, Poet, teacher, and performance artist Patricia Smith came to verse late but is perhaps the true heir to the great Gwendolyn Brooks with her powerful & exact chronicles that make black lives matter. In collections like Incendiary Art & Blood Dazzler, Smith takes on police shootings, Chicago history and the devastating impact of hurricane Katrina to sear poetry into society. Maria Margaronis hears her voice.
Producer: Mark Burman

Chicago born and raised, poet Patricia Smith creates work of searing power and honesty.

Bronzeville Beat

01Patricia Smith - Gwendolyn's heir2020041220200418 (R4)Born & raised on Chicago's West side, Poet, teacher, and performance artist Patricia Smith came to verse late but is perhaps the true heir to the great Gwendolyn Brooks with her powerful & exact chronicles that make black lives matter. In collections like Incendiary Art & Blood Dazzler, Smith takes on police shootings, Chicago history and the devastating impact of hurricane Katrina to sear poetry into society. Maria Margaronis hears her voice.
Producer: Mark Burman

Chicago born and raised, poet Patricia Smith creates work of searing power and honesty.

Bronzeville Beat

01Patricia Smith - Gwendolyn's heir2020041220200418 (R4)Chicago born and raised, poet Patricia Smith creates work of searing power and honesty.

Bronzeville Beat

Born & raised on Chicago's West side, Poet, teacher, and performance artist Patricia Smith came to verse late but is perhaps the true heir to the great Gwendolyn Brooks with her powerful & exact chronicles that make black lives matter. In collections like Incendiary Art & Blood Dazzler, Smith takes on police shootings, Chicago history and the devastating impact of hurricane Katrina to sear poetry into society. Maria Margaronis hears her voice.
Producer: Mark Burman

New poetry programme from BBC Radio 4

02We Real Cool20200419A brilliant new generation of young Chicago poets continues a city's radical poetic legacy

Bronzeville Beat

02We Real Cool2020041920200425 (R4)A brilliant new generation of young Chicago poets continues a city's radical poetic legacy

Bronzeville Beat

02We Real Cool20200419Through poetry slams like Louder Than A Bomb, Chicago's powerful poetic tradition is being reforged by the young, bringing their diverse experience & new voices to light for the first time. They are connected to Black Chicago's literary mother, Gwendolyn Brooks, both by their exposure to new ways of celebrating poetry at school & the community of competition & comradeship. This year was to mark the 20th anniversary of Louder than a Bomb, the world's biggest poetry slam until Covid 19 brought it to a halt-at least for now, at least in the real world. . Maria Margaronis gathers up a community of poets online to liberate their words now on hold.

Producer: Mark Burman

A brilliant new generation of young Chicago poets continues a city's radical poetic legacy

Bronzeville Beat

02We Real Cool2020041920200425 (R4)Through poetry slams like Louder Than A Bomb, Chicago's powerful poetic tradition is being reforged by the young, bringing their diverse experience & new voices to light for the first time. They are connected to Black Chicago's literary mother, Gwendolyn Brooks, both by their exposure to new ways of celebrating poetry at school & the community of competition & comradeship. This year was to mark the 20th anniversary of Louder than a Bomb, the world's biggest poetry slam until Covid 19 brought it to a halt-at least for now, at least in the real world. . Maria Margaronis gathers up a community of poets online to liberate their words now on hold.

Producer: Mark Burman

A brilliant new generation of young Chicago poets continues a city's radical poetic legacy

Bronzeville Beat

02We Real Cool2020041920200425 (R4)Through poetry slams like Louder Than A Bomb, Chicago's powerful poetic tradition is being reforged by the young, bringing their diverse experience & new voices to light for the first time. They are connected to Black Chicago's literary mother, Gwendolyn Brooks, both by their exposure to new ways of celebrating poetry at school & the community of competition & comradeship. This year was to mark the 20th anniversary of Louder than a Bomb, the world's biggest poetry slam until Covid 19 brought it to a halt-at least for now, at least in the real world. . Maria Margaronis gathers up a community of poets online to liberate their words now on hold.

Producer: Mark Burman

A brilliant new generation of young Chicago poets continues a city's radical poetic legacy

Bronzeville Beat

Through poetry slams like Louder Than A Bomb, Chicago's powerful poetic tradition is being reforged by the young, bringing their diverse experience & new voices to light for the first time. They are connected to Black Chicago's literary mother, Gwendolyn Brooks, both by their exposure to new ways of celebrating poetry at school & the community of competition & comradeship. This year was to mark the 20th anniversary of Louder than a Bomb, the world's biggest poetry slam until Covid 19 brought it to a halt-at least for now, at least in the real world.. Maria Margaronis gathers up a community of poets online to liberate their words now on hold.