By Ekere Tallie
There's a corner in heaven
where Coltrane solos are pressed
into the grooves of clouds.
Sun rays sharpen themselves
like hands on phonographs,
the sky spins and baptizes earth
in a shower of D minor.
There is Coltrane music in my hair,
there's a new song drenching
the tuneless, barren streets.
Listen, it's raining rhythm.
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is a poet, writer and
journalist. Her poetry and fiction have been published in several
journals in the United States, France and South Africa including: Bomb,
Long Shot, Paris/Atlantic,
Drumvoices Revue, Carapace. Her works have been anthologized in
Up! (One World/Ballantine) and
The Fire!!! (Penguin/ Putnam) Bum Rush The Page: A Def Poetry Jam (Random
House), Role Call (Third World Press). Ms. Tallie is
Contributing Writer for African Voices
literary magazine where she has worked since 1995. Ms. Tallie performs
her poetry regularly and has been a featured reader at the De
Nachten Festivals in Holland and Belgium, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,
Brooklyn Moon Cafe, Rutgers University, Hunter College, Barnes and
Park, Mills College, Brooklyn Public library. She has collaborated with
dancers and musicians, most notably for the "Jazz and the Spoken
Word "segment of the Panasonic Village Jazz Festival, with Mingus
Amungus in California and Words and Waistbeads Womans Collective in New
York City. Ms Tallie also worked with Gerard Gaskin and Caroline Poon
for an exhibition of words, photography and pottery titled "The
Experiment." In 1999 Ms. Tallie was awarded a residency at
Fundacion Valparaiso in Almeria, Spain. She has work forthcoming in Beyond The
Frontier, (Black Classic Press),
The Body Eclectic
The Book of Hope (Beyond Borders).
Master of Fine Arts English/Creative Writing Mills College, Dec 2001
Ploughshares International Writing Seminar Kasteel Well, Netherlands Emerson
Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communication Clark Atlanta University, 1996
"Love is a story that we never stop telling"
update 20 December