Black PoeTree Saved My Life


  • Melissa A. Dean York University



Stuart Hall, Black experience, culture


Free our Heroes caged in prison cells.
When will we hear more Wedding Bells than gun salutes?
Black Power is on the rise again,
that strange fruit...

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Author Biography

Melissa A. Dean, York University

Melissa A. Dean (aka The M.A.D. Poet) is a professional artist, youth mentor, curator, and scholar from Toronto. Through art Dean works tirelessly to re-imagine the black experience and rebuild the black community one mind/one heart at a time. Dean is currently completing her Master’s in Environmental Studies at York University, with major research work entitled “Learning for Liberation: Critical Black Poetry Pedagogy and Transformative Education.”





How to Cite

Dean, M. A. (2017). Black PoeTree Saved My Life. UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies, 20, ii-iii.