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The “Fire” Speech In ‘Lovecraft Country’ Episode 9, Explained

The "Fire" Speech In 'Lovecraft Country' Episode 9, Explained

Spoilers ahead for Lovecraft Country Episode 9. The past becomes the present in Lovecraft Country Episode 9 as Tic, Leti, and Montrose travel to 1921. Arriving just as the Tulsa Race Massacre kicks off, the trio rushes to retrieve the Book of Names from Tic’s family, unable to stop the atrocities happening around them because it would mean changing the future. Their anguish and fury is mirrored by the speech that plays at the end of the episode: a reading of Sonia Sanchez’s galvanizing 1994 poem “Catch the Fire.”

An esteemed award-winning poet, activist, and educator, Sanchez has a long history of inspiring audiences with her words. During the 1960s, she was considered one of the major voices in the Civil Rights, Women’s Liberation, and Black Arts Movements (the artistic wing of the Black Power Movement). She was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, met Malcolm X numerous times before his assassination in 1965, and serves as the focus of the 2015 documentary BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez. Today, young activists still turn to her words for encouragement.

“She’s the connection to history that young poets don’t have,” artist Danny Simmons explained toThe New York Times at a 2005 spoken word performance for HBO’s Def Poetry. “I think Sonia has the history of the Black struggle in the United States incorporated into her poetry. And her poetry makes sense of what’s going on now.”

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The Poem In ‘Lovecraft Country’ Episode 9 Is A Meta Call-Out To Viewers

Spoilers ahead for Lovecraft Country Episode 9. The past becomes the present in Lovecraft Country Episode 9 as Tic, Leti, and Montrose travel to 1921. Arriving just as the Tulsa Race Massacre kicks off, the trio rushes to retrieve the Book of Names from Tic’s family, unable to stop the atrocities happening around them because it would mean changing the future.



The “Fire” Speech In ‘Lovecraft Country’ Episode 9, Explained

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