Monthly Archives: February 2013

National African American History Month, Day 28: Venus’-flytraps by Yusef Komunyakaa

I am five, Wading out into deep Sunny grass, Unmindful of snakes & yellowjackets, out To the yellow flowers Quivering in sluggish heat. Don’t mess with me ‘Cause I have my Lone Ranger Six-shooter. I can hurt You with questions … Continue reading

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National African American History Month, Day 27: White Things by Anne Spencer

Most things are colorful things- -the sky, earth, and sea. Black men are most men; but the white are free! White things are rare things; so rare, so rare They stole from out a silvered world–somewhere. Finding earth-plains fair plains, … Continue reading

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National African American History Month, Day 26: President Lincoln’s Proclamation of Freedom by Frances E. W. Harper

IT shall flash through coming ages; It shall light the distant years; And eyes now dim with sorrow Shall be clearer through their tears. It shall flush the mountain ranges; And the valleys shall grow bright; It shall bathe the … Continue reading

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National African American History Month, Day 25: Narrative: Ali by Elizabeth Alexander

a poem in twelve rounds 1. My head so big they had to pry me out. I’m sorry Bird (is what I call my mother). Cassius Marcellus Clay, Muhammad Ali; you can say my name in any language, any continent: … Continue reading

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National African American History Month, Day 24: The Blues Don’t Change by Al Young

Now I’ll tell you about the Blues. All Negroes like Blues. Why? Because they was born with the Blues. And now everybody have the Blues. Sometimes they don’t know what it is. —Leadbelly And I was born with you, wasn’t … Continue reading

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National African American History Month, Day 23: Black Snake Visitation by Nathaniel Mackey

-hendrix poem- A black tantric snake I dream two days to the morning I die slipping up thru my throat, slithers out like the vomit I’ll be choked by can’t, gigantic seven-headed snake, sticks out one head at a time. … Continue reading

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National African American History Month, Day 22: White Lady by Lucille Clifton

(a street name for cocaine) wants my son wants my niece wants josie’s daughter holds them hard and close as slavery what will it cost to keep our children what will it cost to buy them back. white lady says … Continue reading

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National African American History Month, Day 21: But What Can You Teach My Daughter by Audre Lorde

no no no no you don’t have the right to know how often have we built each other as shelters against the cold and even my daughter knows what you know can hurt you she says her nos and it … Continue reading

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National African American History Month, Day 20: A Poem for Speculative Hipsters by Amiri Baraka

He had got, finally, to the forest of motives. There were no owls, or hunters. No Connie Chatterleys resting beautifully on their backs, having casually brought socialism to England.                  Only ideas, and their opposites.                               Like,                 he was really                 nowhere.

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National African American History Month, Day 19: Death to the Poor by Countee Cullen

In death alone is what consoles; and life And all its end is death; and that fond hope Whose music like a mad fantastic fife Compels us up this ridged and rocky slope. Through lightning, hail, and hurt of human … Continue reading

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