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I see these men not as men / but as terrorists in training
camouflaged bombers on / the ground floor of truth

 

 

Forced Entry

By  Ekere Tallie

He broke into me
stole something
a brazen thief
never charged with forced entry
because "Please don't" didn't lead
to blue black marks on the lock
and no one sees the bruise prints
the scratch marks on my spirit
these don't make police reports
the dignity missing from my step
doesn't qualify as physical evidence
I shake when I see him
only my homegirls seem to notice
their golden light, protective around me
his boys' mantra is "lying bitch"
they mutter it with sharp machete eyes,
occasionally someone rouses himself to say it-
"Lying bitch"
the words weigh down the wings of airborne birds
and for the first time
I see these men not as men
but as terrorists in training
camouflaged bombers on
the ground floor of truth
taking dynamite to its foundation.
I see myself as a prisoner of war
an exile
a survivor
I wish this wasn't my story
but it is
a million times over
and just when I think it has gone away
it reappears at my doorstep
in another woman's face
or on the ten o'clock news
and although I have loved men since
maybe another sister can't
so this is our story
and it will be ours
until we don't have to claim it anymore
until women from Brooklyn to Oakland to South Africa
can sit back in amazement and say
"I can't believe such things ever occurred,"
until the word "rape"
can be wiped out from vocabularies
removed from the dictionary
stamped out of our memories
until then, this will be our story
and wounded eyes will tell it
even when we don't

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Karma’s Footsteps

By Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Somebody has to tell the truth sometime, whatever that truth may be. In this, her début full collection, Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie offers up a body of work that bears its scars proudly, firm in the knowledge that each is evidence of a wound survived. These are songs of life in all its violent difficulty and beauty; songs of fury, songs of love. 'Karma's Footsteps' brims with things that must be said and turns the volume up, loud, giving silence its last rites. "Ekere Tallie's new work 'Karma's Footsteps' is as fierce with fight songs as it is with love songs. Searing with truths from the modern day world she is unafraid of the twelve foot waves that such honesties always manifest. A poet who "refuses to tiptoe" she enters and exits the page sometimes with short concise imagery, sometimes in the arms of delicate memoir. Her words pull the forgotten among us back into the lightning of our eyes.—Nikky Finney /  Ekere Tallie Table  / I Leave My Colors Everywhere

ChickenBones Black Arts and Black Power Figures (Compiled by Rudolph Lewis)    

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"Love is a story that we never stop telling" Veronique Tadjo   http://www.ekeretallie.com

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"More than a guide to a holistic, healthy pregnancy; it's a confessional, a warning, and a roadmap for navigating the rewarding, relentless terrain of motherhood." No, it is not for the faint-hearted. But if you are a mom, have friends who are new or expectant mothers, or if you work with pregnant women, this is 33 pages of advice that most of us never got about motherhood.
 
And while you're visiting, do look around. We've added an audio file of me reading my piece from the anthology, Go, Tell Michelle, a new mothertongue piece, and links to new poems.
 
Hope you enjoy all the new offerings. one love, ekere
 
PS: Please spread the word  Mother Nature 33 pages $8

Mother Nature: Thoughts on Nourishing Your Body, Mind, and Spirit During Pregnancy and Beyond  www.ekeretallie.com

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The Bembe

                   By Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

 

Chorus of city dwellers
fanning ourselves
In a basement
Boasting tropical heat
Water of shekere
Randy pours the rum
Of his voice into the thirsty
Ear of Oggun
Tree and animal speak again
When Baba’s hands
Translate scripture to rhythm
Agogo unravels a thin
Veil between us
And the unseen
The unsuspecting basement
becomes dizzy with praise
giddy with movement,

this moment
echoes itself.
Echoes itself across land and water
happens simultaneously
in a far flung living room,
a courtyard where greetings
are exchanged in Patois
or Potuguese, where abichuelas
y arroz are heaped on paper plates,
where dark hands wrapped brown spirits
around tired shoulders
and did away with slavery,
where family was broken
dragged away to begin the journey
this exact moment happens.

A remembering
solid and present as
smooth river stones
in rebellious bellies
in these rooms
swirling with white cloth and song
we become a river
reaching back
to cleanse
ourselves.

Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is a mother, poet, educator, and performer who is studying the healing power of herbs. Her first book of poetry Karma's Footsteps was published by Flipped Eye Press last year. Her work has also been published in the anthologies Listen Up!, Catch The Fire, Role Call, Beyond The Frontier, Bum Rush the Page and Revenge and Forgiveness.

Source: oyansoro

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Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin

By John D'Emilio

Bayard Rustin is one of the most important figures in the history of the American civil rights movement. Before Martin Luther King, before Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin was working to bring the cause to the forefront of America's consciousness. A teacher to King, an international apostle of peace, and the organizer of the famous 1963 March on Washington, he brought Gandhi's philosophy of nonviolence to America and helped launch the civil rights movement. Nonetheless, Rustin has been largely erased by history, in part because he was an African American homosexual. Acclaimed historian John D'Emilio tells the full and remarkable story of Rustin's intertwined lives: his pioneering and public person and his oblique and stigmatized private self.

It was in the tumultuous 1930s that Bayard Rustin came of age, getting his first lessons in politics through the Communist Party and the unrest of the Great Depression.

A Quaker and a radical pacifist, he went to prison for refusing to serve in World War II, only to suffer a sexual scandal. His mentor, the great pacifist A. J. Muste, wrote to him, "You were capable of making the 'mistake' of thinking that you could be the leader in a revolution...at the same time that you were a weakling in an extreme degree and engaged in practices for which there was no justification."

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To the Mountaintop

My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement

By Charlayne Hunter-Gault

A personal history of the civil rights movement from activist and acclaimed journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault. On January 20, 2009, 1.8 million people crowded the grounds of the Capitol to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama. Among the masses was Charlayne Hunter-Gault. She had flown from South Africa for the occasion, to witness what was for many the culmination of the long struggle for civil rights in the United States. In this compelling personal history, she uses the event to look back on her own involvement in the civil rights movement, as one of two black students who forced the University of Georgia to integrate, and to relate the pivotal events that swept the South as the movement gathered momentum through the early 1960s. With poignant black-and-white photos, original articles from the New York Times, and a unique personal viewpoint, this is a moving tribute to the men and women on whose shoulders Obama stood.

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Jefferson's Pillow

The Founding Fathers and the Dilemma of Black Patriotism

By Roger W. Wilkins

 In Jefferson's Pillow, Wilkins returns to America's beginnings and the founding fathers who preached and fought for freedom, even though they owned other human beings and legally denied them their humanity. He asserts that the mythic accounts of the American Revolution have ignored slavery and oversimplified history until the heroes, be they the founders or the slaves in their service, are denied any human complexity. Wilkins offers a thoughtful analysis of this fundamental paradox through his exploration of the lives of George Washington, George Mason, James Madison, and of course Thomas Jefferson. He discusses how class, education, and personality allowed for the institution of slavery, unravels how we as Americans tell different sides of that story, and explores the confounding ability of that narrative to limit who we are and who we can become. An important intellectual history of America's founding, Jefferson's Pillow will change the way we view our nation and ourselves.

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The White Masters of the World

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

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

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