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Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts and the black revolution II
(1968)

Chapman, Abraham
Editorial comment: black poetry today,   pp. 401-[410] PDF (9.1 MB)


Page 405

which appeared in The Journal of Black
Poetry (No. 6, 1967):
THE SOUND OF AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC
CHAPT. 7
The history of blacklife is put down in the
motions of mouths and blackhands with
fingering lips and puckered raven fingers
bluesing the air of today and eeking out the
workgrunts - getting down to earth - the
nittygritty - i mean - they mean: you dig
and if you don't don't you worry pretty
momma - we all feel dat way anyway - and
sister it's a pity whitey done this to us but
I love you and my history says whitey ain't
shit and should be flushed but poppa and
momma may have the 'ligion but god don't
mean a thing baby when you got no bread and
a bed and a bad head blinding you with
blackblues of gospel bashing out of the
bigblack sisters' lips spiritually into the bop
and now the avantgarde jazz of a hard shepp
and blackblues looking over hunched -
hardworked shoulders into the sepia
polyrhythmic soil: lord, lord we done come
far and still ain't nowhere near even with
long nappy hair and talk of revolution . . .
jumpin with my bra - you know - out there
in dolphyland or baby maybe into that sun-ra
shit beautiful but bars are 8 & 72 like dinah
and luther king digging malcolm shinin in
my front door - sweet momma keep~nkisses for
my high with fontella & 'retha taking care of
much business in the rhythm of the blues.
Young black poets today do not rule out any
form of expression that may be viable or
meaningful, American or international.
Don L. Lee, a young Chicago poet of
militant black consciousness who
experiments with many different forms in
his two published booklets of poems, has
also experimented with the new form of the
contemporary international poetic
movement, concretism, as is evident in the
following poem which appeared in his
collection think black!
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