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Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Wheeler Large Print Books)


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The Way We Move

the way we move, funk groove

beat the rhythm out some pavement,

our elegant violent attitude, quick

slow motion movement in quicksand

in somebody else's shit house shanty town

shingly jingly chains clamped on our neck,

hang to the floor scrape spark and clink

and we make music out of this cool behind dark

shades, taught to fear the sun, hiding in

beauty parlors and bars draggy face with

hatred and ugliness,

and it only comes when you don't

accept the natural gifts, the fingerprints of a

higher order of peace and simple logic, what makes us

phenomenal is that we can sleep walk in

harmony, never breaking a sweat 'cept in factories

or bars, prisons we even build systems for, our

own street logic and survival, but this is not where

we're meant to be, not on the operating table of

extinction or at the broken doorstep of finality

stumbling drunk confused scagged out on whiteness

and greed and stupidity into the bleeding face of our

dead father, and we are not supposed to move

this way, slow mumbling suicide in quicksand and defeat

we must refocus, we must see again

Tony Medina (New York)

. . . And the Saga Continues

for Gary Graham

From Guinea to Haiti to Brooklyn

And back

From Guinea to Haiti to the Bronx

And back

From Brooklyn to the Bronx to LA

And back

From Philly to Haiti to the New Jersey Turnpike

And back

From village to hamlet to Borough

And back

From LA to Orange to Newark to Guinea

And back

From PR to the Bronx Brooklyn Queens Guinea

And back

From Soundview to no view of the anguish of . . .

Mother Mother why have you forsaken me

Bless me father for they are winning

And my mutter is crying

Bless me father for my mutter is crying

At the sight of my dying

Save me Lord from being vanquished

Save my mutter from this anguish

From Harlem to the Bronx to Brooklyn Queens Newark San Juan

and the nation's highways I languish

In my blood and tears of my mother's anguish

And back

Call the name . . . Call the names I say

you know them better than I

Shaka Sankofa Malcolm Ferguson Patrick Doresmond

Abner Louima Amadou Diallo Kevin Cedeno James Byrd

Matthew Sheppard Anthony Baez Michael Stewart

Earl Faison . . . etc. etc. etc.

And the list gets longer week by week

An African got lynched today

Juneteenth 2000

From Texas to Chicago to Watts to Newark

And back

From PR to Cuba to the Dominican Republic

And back

Africa calls from the bottom of the Atlantic

And back

From Ghanaian fields smooth black skin

Turns purplish under lash under water

And back

Can you hear them gurgle . . . Abnerrrrr

Can you hear them scream . . . Amadouuuuuuuu

Can you hear the windpipe snap . . . Antonyyyyyyyyap

Blessed be Blessed be Blessed be

Dear Lord have mercy Lord have mercy

Have mercy on me

bless me father for I

have sinned . . .

with my mind I daily will demise

of the western ways and all of its compatriots

Bless me father with a bottle of scupernog or

Wild Irish Rose to soften the blow

of this monster's breath upon my neck

And back

in harlem in havana in charleston in Porto Prince

the saga continues . . .

blood blood I say

blood in the rectum bullets in the gut

in the head the chest neck

And back

A rope a nightstick pepper spray

Or a lethal illegal injection

from the State

the state of tex ass where seldom is heard

an encouraging word and the sky is cloudy

all year

how 'bout florida or new jersey or new york

the city so nice they kill you twice

Next stop Ghana to the Congo to Zimbabwe

And back

Ted Wilson (Orange, NJ)

Product Details

Medina, Tony
Rivera, Louis Reyes
Foreword by:
Sanchez, Sonia
Sanchez, Sonia
Medina, Tony
Rivera, Louis Reyes
Medina, Tony
Edited by Tony Medina and Louis Reyes Rivera
Sanchez, Sonia
Rivera, Louis Reyes
Sanchez, Sonia
Three Rivers Press (CA)
New York
American - General
Anthologies (multiple authors)
American poetry
Oral interpretation of poetry.
American poetry -- 20th century.
Oral interpretation of poetry - Competitions
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Wheeler Large Print Books
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
9.15 x 6.1 x 0.8 in 1 lb

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