Wendy Brenner’s classic 2005 profile of snake enthusiast Dean Ripa, who died Saturday. By now I’ve grown accustomed (and rather devoted) to Dean’s rhetorical style—outrageous overstatement, subsequent qualification—but I think I recognize something else, something authentic here: a certain strain of introverted misanthropy… | May, 2017
Margaret Walker (1915–1998) was the first African American to receive the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, for her first book of poems, For My People. Today considered one of the most valued black intellectuals in American history, she went on to publish four collections of poetry, a novel, a biography, and many essays. Walker was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in New Orleans.
A previously unpublished poem by Margaret Walker.
For a dozen wonderful writers:
Goodbye to all you girls and guys
who walked this weary way
who climbed these hills
and walked these miles
this rocky wooded chase.
A dozen wonderful writers