The insight I gained after attending the event “Teaching and Writing About Grief” helped me to understand more about the purpose of the class, and why it is set up in the way that it is.
Throughout history, black women in particular have had their sexuality built and distorted by white poets on many occasions. By incorporating eroticism into their work, these writers deconstruct the misconceptions of their sexual lives and assert their truth. Where once black people had been silenced and shamed for their sexuality, it has now taken the reigns of Modern Black Love poetry.
Everyone spoke up at some point during the evening, but a few were content to mostly listen, and there was no pressure put on anyone to participate. The discussion was bolstered by comments valuing what other members brought to the table in terms of experience with the material and their own personal interpretations.