C-Note's Poetic Source Material

The readily available documentary sources 

Continued from the Home Page's The Poet

California State University at San Bernardino

In 2018 he received from the California State University at San Bernardino, a Certificate of Completion. It was for their inaugural Performing Poetry class. It was during this class he wrote and performed the epic poem, Can't Black Lives Matter Too??? 


Defy Ventures

In 2018 he was asked to give the Defy Ventures's graduating commencement address. There, he recited his work, Angelic Tempest, in front of venture capitalists, CEOs, educators, prisoner families, and other noteworthy leaders.

Poem "ANGELIC TEMPEST" by Imprisoned Poet, Donald "C-Note" Hooker, Was Delivered at Defy Venture's 2018 Commencement Address

30th Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry

C-Note's first partcipation in the Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry, was during the 28th Celebration (See link: Wanda's Picks for February 2018 | San Francisco Bay View). His poem, Incarceration Nation, that was recited at the event, derived from the paintoem (painting + poem), of the same title. The painting was created in 2017 for the August, "Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March." A national march in Washington D.C., in cities throughout the U.S., and other cities across the Globe. The red dots, which are more visible in the original work, represents the location of the state sanctioned deaths of: Travon Martin in Florida; Michael Brown in Missouri; Sandra Bland in Texas; Philando Castile in Minnesota; Freddie Gray in Maryland; Ezell Ford, Wakiesha Wilson, Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) & Oscars Grant in California; and Charleen Lyles in Washington State. The poem written later in the year was inspired by the NFL players "Knee Protest." 

" I was looking at other iconic American verbal expressions of patriotism," says C-Note. And My Country, Tis of Thee, also known as America, is probably third on that list. The creative juices to create the poem had nothing to do with the painting; however, together they make an excellent one-two punch, as a political work of art." 

His next opportunity to participate, was during the 29th Celebration. The theme derived from the 2019 theme of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH). ASAALH was founded by Dr. Carter G. Wodson in 1915. The theme, "Black Migration," emphasized the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. While inclusive of earlier centuries, it focused on the twentieth century through today. This inspired him to create the work, American Negro: A Migrant's Story. The poem begins with listening to the drum beats in West African homelands, to the silence of those drums inside the prison cells of America. Due to a mix-up, it was not recited at the event. His next work created for the event, was for the 30th Anniversary Celebration. This event had two themes, one was the 2020 natioanal theme of the ASLAAH, the other was local, "400 Years of California,
African American History." Upon research, C-Note had discovered that Spanish conquistador, and Governor of Mexico, Hernán Cortés, named California after a Black woman, the Califia to the land of Black women. The poem, Journey to Afrofuturism, brings back the Califia to our current times, as the nursemaid to the Afrofuturism movement. Afrofuturism, according to Jamie Broadnax of Black Girl Nerds, is the reimagining of a future filled with arts, science and technology seen through a black lens. The term was conceived a quarter century ago, by white author Mark Dery in his essay "Black to the Future," which looks at speculative fiction within the African diaspora. C-Note, who is also a visual artist, wanted to tell this poem in paint.

Images: (L) Page 2 of the event program for the 30th Celebration; (c) The paintoem recited at the 28th Celebration; and (r) the painting created for the poem Journey to Afrofuturism

Interchange: 30th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry, Sat., Feb. 1, 2020


Wanda's Picks for February 2018 | San Francisco Bay View

The documents that have been listed on this page is not comprehensive of this artist's works in shows and other events. Here is where you can find some of the artist's Poetry:

Micro Poems


Epic Poems


Love Poems




Paintoems (painting + poem)