Okantah, The Muntu Kuntu Energy Poet

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"We defend ourselves with the knowledge we possess."


Mwatabu S. Okantah

There are too few of us left: poets who rise without fear against white storms and hurricanes. I can count them on one hand.  Those elder African-centered poets who have not lost memory, message, creativity, nerve or productivity; yet possess a musical voice that renders them wise in the tradition of Sterling A. Brown, Margaret Walker, Claude McKay and Sarah Webster Fabio....[His work] consists of poems driven by a deep knowledge of history and culture, with an acute insight into the damaged psychology of his people existing under extreme lock-down conditions.... Okantah calls himself a "rememberer," [he] is one of our finest "storytelling" poets.

Haki R. Madhubuti, Poet, Founder and Publisher,Third World Press and Founding Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Chicago State University.