Mwatabu S. Okantah

Pg. 2

"We defend ourselves with the knowledge we possess."


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.


Okantah, The Muntu Kuntu Energy Poet