There is a You
A poem lives with the life you put into it.
There are your Presences
Your actions are your only true belongings.
Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly.
And the Spaces Inbetween
You show me continents, I see the islands, You count the centuries, I blink my eyes.
Know This First
”Any writer, as a poet, is exiled in language itself, in the language of communication; he creates a space which he can write his own language…Strangeness can be from oneself, from inside one’s own consciousness. Strangeness as absence of common experience, that of the inadequacy of language. It rebounds with the anxious search for those with whom communication becomes possible in spite of everything. In a state of self- loss, the exile searches for partners in exile, or for that which in childhood foreshadowed the exile to come.” Joseph Brodsky
Former US Poet Laureate 1993 -1995
”I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age.
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”Anyone reading contemporary poetry - especially contemporary African-American poetry - will quickly see that race is an enduring subject. What some don't realize is just how diverse the handling of that subject is. It's as diverse as blackness.
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Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. A small river named Duden.
“Certainly there is, for the American Negro artist who can escape the restrictions the more advanced among his own group would put upon him, a great field of unused material ready for his art.”
“it is not enough to be free of the whips, principalities and powers” - The Arrivants: A New World Trilogy”
Amiri BarakaBlack Arts Movement
“Thought is more important than art. To revere art and have no understanding of the process that forces it into existence, is finally not even to understand what art is."amazing experience!”
Natasha TretheweyDark Room
““You can get there from here, though there's no going home.Everywhere you go will be somewhere you've never been. "Theories of Time and Space””
Linton Kwesi JohnsonCaribbean Arts Movement
“I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.”