Feeling Fucked Up

By Etheridge Knight 1931–1991 Etheridge Knight
Lord she’s gone done left me done packed / up and split   
and I with no way to make her
come back and everywhere the world is bare
bright bone white    crystal sand glistens
dope death dead dying and jiving drove
her away made her take her laughter and her smiles   
and her softness and her midnight sighs—

Fuck Coltrane and music and clouds drifting in the sky   
fuck the sea and trees and the sky and birds
and alligators and all the animals that roam the earth   
fuck marx and mao fuck fidel and nkrumah and   
democracy and communism fuck smack and pot   
and red ripe tomatoes fuck joseph fuck mary fuck   
god jesus and all the disciples fuck fanon nixon   
and malcolm fuck the revolution fuck freedom fuck   
the whole muthafucking thing
all i want now is my woman back
so my soul can sing

Etheridge Knight, “Feeling Fucked Up” from The Essential Etheridge Knight. Copyright © 1986 by Etheridge Knight. All rights are controlled by the University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Used by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press, www.upress.pitt.edu.

Source: The Essential Etheridge Knight (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1986)

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Poet Etheridge Knight 1931–1991

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Living, Separation & Divorce

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Etheridge Knight began writing poetry while an inmate at the Indiana State Prison and published his first collection, Poems from Prison in 1968. "His work was hailed by black writers and critics as another excellent example of the powerful truth of blackness in art," writes Shirley Lumpkin in the Dictionary of Literary Biography. "His work became important in Afro-American poetry and poetics and in the strain of Anglo-American . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Separation & Divorce

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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