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The Fire Thus Kindled, May be Kindled Again by Ishion Hutchinson


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This essay by Ishion Hutchinson was originally given as a lecture at the Newcastle Poetry Festival 2019, supported by the Royal Literary Fund. Hutchinson, in an invitation for us all to become ‘kindlers’, explores Frederick Douglass’s legacy, and what the idea of legacy means, through a close reading of poems by W.E.B. Dubois and Robert Hayden. This is intense, impassioned and important prose by an award winning poet. 

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