I’ve really enjoyed reading “Dear Darkness” (Knopf, $26.95) — the latest collection of poetry from Emory professor Kevin Young (left). The book is a meditation on the death of his father, but within it are odes to the Southern foods of his Louisiana family. I think it’s some of the best food writing out there. Here’s my story that was published in the print edition of the AJC on Oct. 4.
In 1996, The New Yorker ran a large photo and a short profile of the young poets of the Dark Room Collective — a Boston-based group of African-American writers that had formed nearly a decade earlier at Harvard for readings, study, discussion and mentoring. The profile claimed this group “could well turn out to be as important to American letters as the Harlem Renaissance.”
Two of these poets are certainly well on their way toward creating an Atlanta Renaissance.
Standing on the far left in the photo are Natasha Trethewey, who went on to win the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in