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Beautiful Sea of Waves December 30, 2013: [caption id="attachment_79327" align="alignright" width="500"] Wangechi Mutu, The End of eating Everything (still), 2013. Animated video (color, sound), 8 minutes 10 seconds. Image Courtesy of the Artist.[/caption] It’s a Sunday three weeks ago.  My eyeglasses are two years old.  It’s a Tuesday two weeks ago.  My new prescription just [...] by

Itations for Faybiene December 27, 2013: [caption id="attachment_79230" align="alignright" width="500"] Haile Selassie Centennial, Jamaica 1992[/caption]  "You're just human, I don't have time for human frailties." Sun Ra   Most of Saturday night was digging through folders in search of one photo. A picture of Sister Janet and you.  You two are at the beach, in the ocean, your [...] by

My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 26, 2013: Books I've either been blessed with, am coveting gingerly through or still on my must read list, I most appreciate these authors for their fearlessness, their insane dedication to not only their own work but that of others. As 2014 creeps on into the Capricorn chill, I want to make sure I share what little space I have in my virtual living [...] by

DWYCK : a Cipher on Hip Hop poetics Part 3 December 20, 2013: Before we jump back in, last night was Zook's funeral.  Taking the A train to Utica, I am reminded that Boys and Girls High School was where the African Street Festival took place for many years.  If you were to walk towards Bergen and Buffalo, you would get to a row of old houses that were part of Weeksville, an old neighborhood founded by [...] by

DWYCK : a Cipher on Hip Hop poetics Part 2 December 19, 2013: And the saga continues… Part 1 is here. 5. Walt Whitman wrote about the streets so does this make him hip-hop? I’m being an ass here but there is a point I am making.  And if so, would his inability to freestyle be read as inauthentic hip-hop poetry?  Or is this absolutely bogus…of course he could freestyle! He was a civil war [...] by

DWYCK: a Cipher on Hip Hop poetics Part 1 December 18, 2013: On December 12, an old creative ally passed away suddenly.  A brilliant MC, a thoughtful poet, a visual artist, a jack all of trades, Zook aka Gadzook aka Zookness aka Craig Davis leaves with me a lot of good memories.  I had hoped that Zook would get to read this post.  To see someone over yonder shouting him out.  Maybe if he read it Monday [...] by

Last of the Cuchifritos: A Walk with Urayoán Noel December 16, 2013: Flash. East Harlem.  On 118th between Lenox and 5th resided one of my middle school crushes.  On Columbus another crush was kissed during that fateful summer camp week at Bear Mountain.  One rode a scooter.  Another was a B-Boy whose first name ended with a “–ski.”   Because Central Park resides as a marker between East and West, I [...] by

Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd : The Hypermeter of collaboration December 9, 2013: [caption id="attachment_78191" align="alignright" width="500"] Holding It Down Ensemble, Harlem Stage, 2012. Photo credit: Vijay Iyer[/caption] It was shortly after the poet Sabah As-Sabah passed.  I did not know the man personally but for those who knew him and his work, his departure touched everyone.  He was a Black man. A Gay man.  He [...] by

Chicken Scratch December 5, 2013:   “Land is connected intimately to bodies, bones, and ghosts. A place, inhabited in a body and psychology, and in their symbols, waits to hear its own voice and to experience a homecoming." Jessica Mason McFadden   1. On writing narrative: Years ago someone said “Keep it simple.” Years later someone said “Make it [...] by

Shake Your Money Maker December 3, 2013: 1994. You were supposed to be a visual artist or a musician but somewhere you ended up here.  Hanging upside down in a NYC train. Carhartt overalls and PNB Nation jacket. Black Classic Nikes.  The Afro is a natural.  Not a wig.  You see, you were in a fashion spread before Terrance Hayes, but Terrance was a poet before you.  That’s one [...] by