Celebrating Black Poets: Jamaal May


Jamaal May

Website: http://www.jamaalmay.com/

Buy his most recent book, Hum

Jamaal May’s poetry has won numerous awards. Starting in the slam tradition, he writes the kind of poetry that is powerful both on the page and off. He’s currently a Kenyon Review Fellow and co-directs Organic Weapon Arts with Tarfia Faizullah.

I first encountered Jamaal May’s work when reading “The Gun Joke” in a workshop this fall. It is a life-changing poem, and essential reading. Find Jamaal May’s “The Gun Joke” at Apogee.

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