Department ofAfrican American Studies

Please join us in congratulating Keith Gilyard on the publication of his recent poetry collection, Impressions: New and Select Poems (Third World Press, 2021)!

The heart of this ambitious and energetic collection is the conscientious and trusted mind of a giving and loving Black artist who in his own way understands history, psychology, economics, politics, and, most of all, the unique power of language in his application of “chord inversions” in the use of serving the urgent needs of Black lives. As a poet and empirical scientist who dances with words, ideas, real life, practical clarifications, and humor, Gilyard challenges his readers to act.