Center for African American Poetry and Poetics hosts “Black Ecstatic” panel and showcase


Rickey Laurentiis — a poet from New Orleans currently serving as the inaugural fellow of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics — took the stage at the Frick Fine Arts building on Thursday night and made clear what he came to see.

“I wanted to see how a black filmmaker argues her body into a visual canon, I wanted to hear how language exposes its own beautiful limit vis-a-vis the painting,” he said.

Laurentiis was the moderator of “The Black Ecstatic: An Evening of Poetry & FIlm,” an artistic exhibition and panel hosted by the CAAPP. The event featured poetry from esteemed black poets and a presentation of films from black artists. The art presented focused specifically on aspects of sexuality, race and gender identity in the African American community.

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