This month for Poetry 365 we’re featuring the unforgettable second collection from Chinaka Hodge. In Dated Emcees, the Oakland-based poet, playwright, and Youth Speaks educator examines her own life through the lens of hip-hop and ’90s East Bay culture. Mixing humor and tragedy with sharp insights into systemic racism, anger, and violence, Dated Emcees was described by Dave Eggers as “an absolute powerhouse of a book… [that] deserves a wide audience, an attentive audience, an audience that wants to be astounded.” So check out this gem of a collection, sample a poem below, and make sure to stop back next month for Poetry 365.
Find “The Feminism of Tupac” at Off the Shelf’s new home on Evanston Public Library’s redesigned website.
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