Writing ‘Native Guard,’ I didn’t know I was working on a single book. I began writing that book because I was interested in the lesser-known history of these black soldiers stationed off the coast of my hometown.
There are remarks that sow and remarks that reap.
People always want to be on the right side of history; it is a lot easier to say, ‘What an atrocity that was’ then it is to say, ‘What an atrocity this is.’
‘NewsHour’ is very interested in poetry, but they’re also interested in not just that something’s cute to add on at the end of their programming, but something that actually is integrated into the news.