Poet Quenton Baker On America's Black/White Split
Elizabeth Austen talks with Marcie Sillman about a new chapbook from Seattle poet and teacher Quenton Baker.
In the poem "Corner Store and Back Again," a traffic accident becomes a microcosm of the black/white split, complicated further by mental illness.
Baker is a 2015-16 Made at Hugo House fellow, and was a founding member of the hip-hop duo Gray Matters. His poems have been featured in journals and anthologies, including "Measure for Measure: An Anthology of Poetic Meters"and "It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip-Hop."
Baker earned an MFA in Poetry from the University of Southern Maine. He writes occasional poetry reviews at the site Poet by Poet.
Web Extra: Hear Baker read and discuss the title poem to his chapbook, "Diglossic in the Second America."