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Poem for Our Fathers
(to all the fathers in the house)

   By Professor ARTURO


This poem is for our fathers

This poem is for their strengths

for the intolerance everpresent in their world

for their pride and disappointments

for their pleasures and passions and promises, promises…

This poem is for our fathers

This poem is for New Awlins fathers

(Where they at, girl?)

This poem is for New Awlins men

This poem is for “Dooky” and “Dutch” and Danny Barker

This poem is for the Big Time Crip and Nick the Greek

This poem is for Chopsley and Injun Red

This poem is for the Coaches and the Roaches

This poem is for the brother in the commercial

be hollerin’ ‘bout “LET HER HAVE IT”

This poem is for the English teachers and the midnight creatures

This poem is for the strong men who keep-a comin’ on...

This poem is for traditional men

(men in the tradition)

This poem is for the Kidds and the Professors

This poem is for BIG-OLD men!!!!!

This poem is for lil’ bitty men...

This poem is for “the Sensitive Men of the Nineties”

and the raging bulls of the Fifties:

Men named “Rattlesnake Dick”

Men named “Chakula”

Men named “Oglethotpe”

Men named “Gooseberry”

Men named “Greenhouse”

Men named “Delahoosay”

Men named “Hollywoo-oo-ood

Men named “Bu-Buttt”      Men named “Bay-Bay”

Men named “Pa-Pa”           Men named “Nay-Nay”

Men named “Pa-Dee”         Men named “Tee-Tee”

Men who say “Habari Gani!?!!!”

Men who say “Wha-sssssu-u-u-uup!?!!!”

Men who dri-i-iive like Rodney King

    (and party at the drop of a Congress cap)


            GRUMBLIN’ MEN             MUMBLIN’ MEN

            GRAMBLIN’ MEN             GAMBLIN’ MEN

            ZOOT-SUITIN’ MEN          BULLSHOOTIN’ MEN

            dinky men                             STINKY MEN

            SUPER MEN                        PSEUDO MEN

            SUGAR MEN                       BUGAR MEN

            GODLY MEN                      DEVILISHED MEN


Men who tell jokes like:  “Yo’ maw so fat -- when she

            buy a ticket, she say --

            ‘Two, please’”


                        or jokes like: “Yo’ maw like a roll o’ material—

                                               -ten dollars a yard”!


                        or jokes like: “What did the monkey eat

                                        befo’ he ate the banana?


 the cherry!”


                        or jokes like: “What’s yo’ maw favorite street?

                                         --Common St.!”     


Straight-up men           Backslidin’ men

Signifyin men              Ignifying men

God-fearin’ men          Disappearin’ men


Men who try to buy love

(“Is it talkin’ to you, daddy?”)

Men who ain’t never been east of East New Orleans...


Project men and Penthouse men

Poets, painters, printers, and publishers

Bohemians and bankers (that yang money)

Triangular offenders and EBONY squares...


This poem is for our fathers..,

-men who raised other men’s chirrens

like they was they own.

Men who know ‘bout “ten minutes to two”

Men who ain’t never put they lips there (so they say)

Men who favorite record was “I’m a har-ar-ard fottin’ ma-an”…

Men who was on “Poke Chop Hill” (not “Pork Chop Hill”)

Men who say “Rockyfella” (not “Rockefeller”)

Men who say “Huh-why-yuh” (insteada “Hawaii”)

Men who say “Terrybone” (insteada “Terrebonne”)

Men who say “cornder” (insteada “corner”)

Men who say “Congo drums” (insteada “Coonga drums”)

Men who say “trumpetier” (insteada “trumpeter”)

Men who say “umble”   (insteada “humble”)

Men who say “flustrated” (insteada “frustrated”)

Men who say “chinees” insteada “marbles”

Men who say Punchatrain”  insteada “Pontchartrain”

Men who say The House of Shock” Insteada “O.P.P.”

          (You know mee-ee-ee-ee-ee…)

Men who say “San Gabriel” (insteada “Saint Gabriel”)

Men who say ‘The Farm” (insteada “Angola”)

Men who say “The Plantation” (insteada “SUNO”)

Men who say “The Lil’ Plantation” (insteada “McDonogh 28”)

Men who say “kinnygawdin” (insteada “kindergarten”)

Men who say “Primmery School” (insteada “Primary School”)

Men who say “sweet shop” (insteada “candy store”)

Men who say “Pell Mell” (insteada “Pall Mall”)

Men who say “sitcheeashun” (insteada “situation”)

Men who say “physical year” (insteada “fiscal year)

Men who say “Mee-row” (insteada “Miro”)

Men who say “BA-NAAAAAANAHS!!!



Hard-workin’, pitty-pat playin’ men

(Deep South men with they riverfront plates o’ food)

Macdaddies and Shaq daddies

Old daddies and New daddies

First-time daddies             (baker’s dozen daddies)

Wunna them Richard Pryor daddies (“This Mister Gilmore’ property”)

Wunna them “THIS MA HOUSE” daddies

Wunna them “Git that gobbidge out this house “right now” daddies

Wunna them “If-you-don’t-do-it-with-yo’-hands-­

          (and sweat) -- it - ain’t -- WORK” daddies

Wunna them “Git-out-ma-life-woman—

You-don’t-love-me-­no-mo-o-o-o-o-o” daddies . . .

Men who believed in THE BELT



Insteada “sneakers” they say “tennis”

Jnsteada “Mother Dear” they say “Ma Dear”

Insteada “Hi, darling” they say “Hey ba-a-a-a-aby”

Insteada “How are you?” they say “Where y’at!?!”

Insteada “Dew-key Chase” they say “deh-key Chase”

Insteada “My woman left me” they say “She kicked me to the curve”

Insteada “cocktail” they say “highball”

Insteada “frozen cups” they say “hucklebucks”

Insteada “scooters” they say “skatemobiles” or “skatin’ trucks”

Insteada “Rose-avelt” they say “Roozevelt”

Insteada “fight” they say “humbug”

lnsteada “tumblin’ “they say “tumble-settin’”

Insteada “robe” they say “housecoat”

Insteada “Bo-yay” they say “BO-LEO”

Insteada “bang-bang” they say “Pie-yah-ah-ah-ah…!”

Insteada “retirement community” they say “old folks home”

Insteada “electoral” they say “electorial”

Inateada “upset stomach” they say “loose bowels”

Insteada “Did you hear me?” they say “YA’ HEARD ME?!!??”

Insteada “Bourbon Street” they say “Sweet Lorraine’s”
            (that’s a commercial)

Insteada “Yes, you’re correct” they say “Yeah ya-right”

Insteada “Sure, you’re correct” they say “Sho ya-right”

Insteada “I know that’s Correct” they say “I know that’s right”

Insteada “Who is that?” they say “Who dat?”

They say Louis Armstrong insteada Herb Alpert

They the Duke of Earl insteada David Duke

They say Eddie Jefferson insteada George Jefferson

They say Buster Crabbbe, Buster Brown, and James Arness
                                    (the real Matt Dillon)

They say Sidney Bechet insteada Kenny G.
                        (Fatha, Fatha)


Men     like yo’ grampa and his paw and yo’
            nanann’ parann and her paw and that
            no-good hooligan she was foolin’ with
            way uptown who was tellin’ that girl
            he was gon’ marry her (and never did)


Men who git drunk at the picnic -- every year

            (and think they Frankie Beverly)

Men who still debate about which cowboy had the best hoss...


Men who came home from World War II--
            bragging of their antics and exploits
            (“I had so much fun in Paris I wish they’ fight agin’”)


Old School, Ancient School, Methoozalla School men

            Them “Yes-sir, No-sir, 1-gotta-listen-to-this-mess-

            ‘cause-I-gotta-family-to-feed” men...


The indispensables:

            bellhops and bus drivers

            porters and waiters
            contractors and cigar makers
            house painters and horse players

            longshoremen, merchant marines,

            preachers and pimps

            (“What a difference a cross makes...”)


Men who played with they chirrens in warm,

                                    Lake Pontchartrain waters...


Bourbon Street bouncers

Favorite uncles

Brothers in the ‘Nam


Transient residents of Tulane & Broad

Woof men howling at the wayward wind...


Fathers and lovers

Nephews and brothers and husbands who love they oldladies

and mens foolin’ ‘round behind they backs

                                       (Ramblin’ Ro-o-o-o-ose…)
and mens who done made the baby
            with that girl ‘round the way
            and ain’t even claimin’ that child...


For our fathers…

their riches and wishes

black socks and their dishes

their dreams and devotions

their schemes and their potions

their creams and their lotions

            and stories and glories

            love cries and lives


-legacies,                          unending




This poem is for our fathers...

posted 23 August 2007

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Professor ARTURO (Arthur Pfister), a poet and fiction writer from New Orleans, is a Spoken Word artist, educator, performer, editor and speechwriter who received a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. degree in English/Journalism from the State University of New York-College at New Paltz.   Pfister, one of the original Broadside poets of the 1960s, has collaborated on a medley of projects with a mélange of artists including painters, musicians, photographers, dancers, singers, fire eaters, waiters, cab drivers, and other members of the Great Miscellaneous.

He has performed his poetry, fiction, toasts and “jazz poems” on a solo basis or with musical accompaniment at Ebony Square, Vincent’s City Club, the Contemporary Arts Center, the Louisiana Folklife Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Urban League’s Annual Golden Gala, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Tulane University’s Amistad Research Center’s Achievement Award Banquet, True Brew Coffeehouse, the Maple Leaf Bar and an array of public/parochial schools, colleges, and churches nationwide.  His work has been accompanied by musical legends such as Eluard Burte, Henry Butler, Willie Cole, Davelle Crawford, Vinny Golia, Kidd Jordan, Kid Millenberg, Earl Turbinton and Gozo Yoshimasu. He has also served as Featured Performance Poet at Sweet Lorraine’s Jazz Club and co-founded the performance series “ARTURO and Joe’s Old Skool Jazz & Poetry Open Mic Night” at the legendary Edgelake Bar (featured in Elvis Presley’s “King Creole”).

His work has appeared in such diverse publications as FAHARI, the American Poetry Review, the Shooting Star Review, the Minnesota Review, the Gallery Mirror, EBONY, From a Bend in the River, Mesechabe, Word Up, the Chicory Review, the New Laurel Review, the New Orleans Tribune, We Speak As Liberators, Black Spirits, A Broadside Treasury, and Swapping Stories: Folktales From Louisiana.

He has taught at educational institutions ranging from Northeastern University (Visiting Poet for the Africana Studies Center) to Texas Southern University (Writer In Residence).   He has served as Academic Instructor for the New Orleans Urban League’s Computer Operations Training Center and as Poet In Residence at the Neighborhood Gallery.   Prior to Katrina he was employed by the New Orleans Job Corps as Academic/Pre-GED Instructor.

Inquiries about the author’s availability for workshops, readings, collaborative projects, seminars, residencies, and publications should be directed to: Professor ARTURO / (504) 975-6676 / /

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MY NAME IS NEW ORLEANS: 40 Years of Poetry & Other Jazz

After surviving the horrors of Hurricane Katrina, Professor ARTURO, a New Orleans spoken word artist/musipoetryst, will have his book, My Name Is New Orleans: 40 Years of Poetry & Other Jazz, a 320- page collection of poetry, songs, psalms, paeans, toasts and hieroglyphs (1968 – 2008) published in late Spring 2009 by Margaret Media, Inc

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