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Listen for the skull's plea, white noise

dogs howl to at midnight.

Noserags & deathnotes

wadded up & thrown on the ground

in the woman-scented afternoon.



Cricket: Poems and Other Jazz


This final issue of Cricket published Richard Katrovas' "The Public Mirror," Maxine Cassin's "Programming An Evening Away from Home," Lee Meitzen Grue's: "New Orleans in the Rain," a poem from Yusef Komunyakaa's "Crescent City Blues," Grace Bauer's "Fat Tuesday," Labertha McCormick's "Eyes," James Baptiste's "Street Corner Brother," Sharon Olinka's "Bring Back the Beatniks," Mona Lisa Saloy's " French Market Morning," Mackie Blanton's "TeaRoses and PurseStrings," and two poems by Marcus Bruce Christian, namely, "An Old Dog's Advice" and "The Big Dog's Daughter."

I believed then the most interesting of these was Komunyakaa's poem"



A woman's name, sexual & tragic

as Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit"

with blood on the leaves.

Blossoms big as cow tongues

strewn across the ground.

Orgasmic mouth-hearts

where bees disappear.

April's rocking wind, these skeins

fall as if self-willed.

Hold one up to your ear

& listen for the lies.

Listen for the skull's plea, white noise

dogs howl to at midnight.

Noserags & deathnotes

wadded up & thrown on the ground

in the woman-scented afternoon.

Umbrellas for French Quarter

derelicts playing three-card monte,

the magnolia's rain-awakened

branches mock the dogwood

that kept me on the road for years.


first appeared in Cincinnati Poetry Review


Haiku No. 30

swabbed in sweat drenched bliss

we answer gregg's corner with

butt shaking footnotes

Kalamu ya Salaam

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Incognegro: A Memoir of Exile and Apartheid

By  Frank B. Wilderson III

Wilderson, a professor, writer and filmmaker from the Midwest, presents a gripping account of his role in the downfall of South African apartheid as one of only two black Americans in the African National Congress (ANC). After marrying a South African law student, Wilderson reluctantly returns with her to South Africa in the early 1990s, where he teaches Johannesburg and Soweto students, and soon joins the military wing of the ANC. Wilderson's stinging portrait of Nelson Mandela as a petulant elder eager to accommodate his white countrymen will jolt readers who've accepted the reverential treatment usually accorded him. After the assassination of Mandela's rival, South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani, Mandela's regime deems Wilderson's public questions a threat to national security; soon, having lost his stomach for the cause, he returns to America. Wilderson has a distinct, powerful voice and a strong story that shuffles between the indignities of Johannesburg life and his early years in Minneapolis, the precocious child of academics who barely tolerate his emerging political consciousness. Wilderson's observations about love within and across the color line and cultural divides are as provocative as his politics; despite some distracting digressions, this is a riveting memoir of apartheid's last days.—Publishers Weekly

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Sex at the Margins

Migration, Labour Markets and the Rescue Industry

By Laura María Agustín

This book explodes several myths: that selling sex is completely different from any other kind of work, that migrants who sell sex are passive victims and that the multitude of people out to save them are without self-interest. Laura Agustín makes a passionate case against these stereotypes, arguing that the label 'trafficked' does not accurately describe migrants' lives and that the 'rescue industry' serves to disempower them. Based on extensive research amongst both migrants who sell sex and social helpers, Sex at the Margins provides a radically different analysis. Frequently, says Agustin, migrants make rational choices to travel and work in the sex industry, and although they are treated like a marginalised group they form part of the dynamic global economy. Both powerful and controversial, this book is essential reading for all those who want to understand the increasingly important relationship between sex markets, migration and the desire for social justice. "Sex at the Margins rips apart distinctions between migrants, service work and sexual labour and reveals the utter complexity of the contemporary sex industry. This book is set to be a trailblazer in the study of sexuality."—Lisa Adkins, University of London

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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The Death of Emmett Till by Bob Dylan  The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll  Only a Pawn in Their Game

Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Thanks America for Slavery / George Jackson  / Hurricane Carter

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The Journal of Negro History issues at Project Gutenberg

The Haitian Declaration of Independence 1804  / January 1, 1804 -- The Founding of Haiti 

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