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Beautiful Sea of Waves December 30, 2013: It’s a Sunday three weeks ago.  My eyeglasses are two years old.  It’s a Tuesday two weeks ago.  My new prescription just arrived. On Saturday night two weeks ago, at the last minute, I hopped [...] by

Itations for Faybiene December 27, 2013:  “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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] by

Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd : The Hypermeter of collaboration December 9, 2013: 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 [...] 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 [...] by