An African American blog of politics, culture, and social activism.
Antoinette Brim is the author of Psalm of the Sunflower (Aquarius Press/Willow Books, 2009). Her poetry has appeared in various journals and magazines including Reverie Midwest African American Literature, The November 3rd Club, Tidal Basin Review and anthologies including 44 on 44: Forty-Four African American Writers on the 44th President of the United States, In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself, Not A Muse and Just Like A Girl: A Manifesta. She is an Assistant Editor of Surviving and Thriving: 365 facts in Black Economic History by Dr. Julianne Malveaux.
Antoinette Brim is a Cave Canem Foundation fellow and a Harvard University W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow at the National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute. She is a recipient of the Archie D. and Bertha H. Walker Foundation Scholarship to the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown and a Pushcart Prize nominee.
Additionally, she often guest hosts Patrick Oliver’s Literary Nation Talk Radio (KABF 88.3, Little Rock) for which she has interviewed a variety of entertainers, literary figures, political pundits and community developers, including Cornelius Eady, Gloria Browne-Marshall, Nathalie Handel, Denene Millner and BerNadette Stanis.
Antoinette Brim earned a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Antioch University/ Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Language with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Webster University. A sought after speaker, editor, educator and consultant, she teaches at Pulaski Technical College in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
K-mart on Asher is closing
We are vultures clawing through what remains
when retail dreams die. We do not stop
to consider where these folks will shop
when everything is gone to the bare walls.
We do not savor our bargains, we dig for more
and more until hangers litter the floor
like bones picked clean. We do not speak
of war, oil or wounded economies.
We do not smile at cashiers whose fear
can be measured in final markdowns.