Charlotte Atkins - Laidlaw Summer Research 2020

For my research, I explored the poetry of the Black Lives Matter movement through categorizing and examining the poems as "timely" or "timeless".

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For my research, I explored the poetry of the Black Lives Matter movement through categorizing and examining the poems as "timely" or "timeless". This began as organizing poems I'd found in online lists of Black Lives Matter poetry into one of two categories -- "timely", describing poems explicitly responding to violent events, or "timeless", for poems containing more general themes. During my research process, however, my work shifted to become a more expansive study of timeliness in Black Lives Matter poetry, causing me to think more broadly about what is and is not "new" in not only the poetry, but also in the Black Lives Matter movement itself. 

Charlotte Atkins

Student, Columbia University