Literature Poem of the Week

Irish Arts Center Poem of the Week: Tina Chang's "Fury"

"I know the world will find him, and tell him the history of his skin."


Watch Date(s)

Fri, Jun 19, 2020




"Like any mother, or parent, I wish to love and protect my son, but there are forces out there that may or may not honor such gestures of protection. I wrote 'Fury' for my son, and for the young Black boys worldwide who struggle to be visible, accepted, and free." 


Tina Chang
, poet laureate of Brooklyn, read "Fury" as part of Irish Arts Center PoetryFest 2019. She is donating the commission earned from participation in our Poem of the Week series to Dream Defenders.

Irish Arts Center Poem of the Week is a series of select footage from ten years of PoetryFest—our annual festival that has welcomed Billy Collins, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Kevin Young, Vona Groarke, Ciaran Carson, Tracy K. Smith, Terrance Hayes, Natalie Diaz, Paul Muldoon, Tina Chang, and so many more prominent voices from Ireland and America—as well as new commissioned readings, presented with the readers’ reflections on the featured work.

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