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Colloquy #1: Words on Freedom, Confusion, Resistance & Poetry April 12, 2017: . . . . . What happened? they ask a question without an answer—our confusion —David Rivard, “Freedom in the Midst” . Insight often disappears but leaves residues, . . . —Elizabeth [...] by

Let’s Talk About the Midnight Ramble September 29, 2014: As a participant to Furious Flower Poetry Conference at James Madison University, I had to read my poetry (easy to do, sort of) and be interviewed. Well, reading along with poets I deeply admire and [...] by

La Vida Poetica: aka Can You Community? September 22, 2014: Last week I went to a celebration for the life of Maya Angelou. On Friday, September 19, I went to a birthday celebration for Sonia Sanchez. My mother, may she be happy in heaven, always said give [...] by

Hanging with the Big Girls in My Traveling Shoes September 16, 2014: Last year when I was invited to receive an award from the Black Students Association at Rhodes College as part of my 40th College Reunion, I was freaked out. I had a few weeks earlier been to [...] by

13 Years: Listening and Witnessing September 8, 2014: Listening to St. Louis Public Radio’s broadcast of “A Conversation about Race,” moderated by Michel Martin with the citizens of Ferguson, MO, was fascinating. The White power structure as [...] by

Meet the ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’ on de Battlefront September 2, 2014: On Labor Day, I wrote as a status update: We live in volatile times, yes. But creative and productive ones as well. Keep that in mind as the number of crises increases. The tightrope is not a [...] by

Journal, Day Five July 7, 2006: On July 4th, I stood on the rooftop of my Bed-Stuy tenement feeling the sweet breeze and watching the fireworks –or at least those parts that could be seen from my vantage point. The bursts looked [...] by

Journal, Day Four July 6, 2006: I walked out into a delicate pink and gray sunset after sitting for the second time in Cinema Three at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in less than one week. What took me to this particular theater on [...] by

Journal, Day Three July 5, 2006: It is hot. It is July. In fact it is July 4th as I write this. So far the grilling has not started. There was so much smoke in Brooklyn the other day, you’d of thought smog had been imported from [...] by

Journal, Day Two July 4, 2006: What goes around comes around is usually about a negative experience. What if what goes around was positive to begin with and what comes around is an even greater affirmation? I wrote a meditation on [...] by