Kamarck, Edward (ed.) / Arts in society: the arts of activism
Randall, James A.
Part V: writers and the black revolution: the visionary, p. 402 PDF (631.7 KB)
James A. Randall won a Hopwood Literary Award for Poetry at the University of Michigan. His poetry has been published in DIE NIEWENEGER, an anthology of writings by Black Americans published in the Hague, as well as in American periodicals. He writes for TIME magazine in Montreal and is listed as one of Time Magazine's contributing editors. THE VISIONARY Risen out of his horse's lather, a man Of fire and inflection, In the bullring at Cordoba And under the hot lemon trees . . . He wanted revolutions To strain from peasant's mud. His eyes were quarry stone, His jaws creased into 402 River beds. He became The landscape slowly, Like a canvass becomes a painting. If you had seen him much later, Old on the falling-down balcony, Host to no one, the fish-smell In the market below, The acre of stinking never shut Eyes set in the lopped heads, and how He calculated the distance That was between his eyes And the proof of manliness Before he crashed down And became nothing . . .