"We Want Poems that Kill": Removing the White Gaze from Black Stories Onstage

"We Want Poems that Kill": Removing the White Gaze from Black Stories Onstage

My community has been traumatized, and yet has dealt with the wounds of history, and the present. A Small Oak Tree Runs Red was birthed from my trauma. Even though the play focuses on an actual event that took place 100 years ago, I found it devastatingly beautiful and tragic to discover how I could so easily place my own fears, emotions and anger into the mouths of those victims.

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