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calling the names of those / who would brother us into poverty / who would love

us into oblivion / who would masculinize us into the penitentiary / afro heads / slick shoes

 

 

Slo' Dance

Poems by Ted Wilson

with an Introduction by Amiri Baraka

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The Protector

             (about David White*)

 

You buy your clothes in spanish harlem

You buy your clothes in spanish harlem

but are the only one who gets up befoe the sun

to grab those bargains

From a captain marvel comic

like a bolt of lightning flashing through the streets

covering harlem

spying out investigating inequities

odd and illicit deals

made by politicians

who allow aliens to do

what they dare not on their own turf

 

Flashing through the streets

covering kickbacks

documenting the process of deals made

to demonize the rightful rulers who seek

to grow the community

documenting the process of deals

dealing away what we want and never get

 

Rape of our village

Rape of our landmarks

Rape of our future

the minds of the children

of all things near and dear

to the underpinning of what sustain

a people filled with hope

Flash like gordan

is no twenty first century automaton or

other lifelike invention of hollywood

wall street mad avenue moguls

but walks harlem streets checking it              checking it out

checking it all out      calling names

calling the names of those

who would brother us into poverty

who would love us into oblivion

who would masculinize us into the penitentiary

afro heads

slick shoes

mercedes benz

lexus

bnw's

and dreads with four by fours

brothering

godloving and killing

in the name of

in the name of

 getting paid for whatever what

is that it is

when whatever what    is

but Flash like gordan keeps them in check

 

guarding with his eyes

looking over the old

first to be trampled upon

vy the Willie Lynch propaganda ded the young

like old is useless wasted space

move on over or we'll move on over you

 

Flash dances around under the cover of obscurity

bashing and breaking the heads and doors of

those who deceive and relieve you of your will to live

the doors locking you our your natural right

 

Quietly     moving

quietly you hear the huge roar

thundering skies bursting with fire    in the north

tremors shaking the intestines    in the south

smiling faces beaming sunrays from    the east    say

like Flash

                    Payback is a mother . . .

*David White was a founding member of the original Black Panther Party started in Harlem, N.Y., Summer 1966, which had spun from the Loundes County Freedom Organization in Alabama. The LCFO was formed to challenge the existing local political parties there and had chosen the panther as its symbol. The NYBPP was formed with the same intent, but ideological differences caused its short life. This was pre-Huey P. Newton whose California group had received its orientation from the NYBPP, then developed its own separate agenda.

 

Source: Ted Wilson. Slo' Dance. Brooklyn, NY: Shamal Books, 2003 / Contact: Shamal Books, GPO Box 16, NYC 10116 (718) 622 4426

 

Ted Wilson, formerly with Pride and Liberator magazines,  is a writer, producer, and promoter, most recently with the Bread Is Rising poetry series in New York City.

A cultural worker since the 1960s Black Liberation/human rights movements, Ted's writings have appeared in several journals: The Black Nation; Black American Literature Forum; Callaloo; NOBO: Journal of African American Thought; and anthologies: Amiri Baraka: The Kaleidoscopic Torch (ed. J.E. Gwynne); In Defense of Mumia (eds. S.E. Anderson, T. Medina); Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing  (eds. L. Jones, L. Neal); New Rain #9: Our Fathers/Ourselves (eds. G. Johnston, M. M'Buzi Moore)].

He also works as a Construction Manager Consultant and Developer currently involved in an effort to develop a Cultural/Arts district in Newark, New Jersey.

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Let Loose on the World
Celebrating Amiri Baraka at 75

Edited by Karen D. Taylor and Louis Reyes Rivera

intro by Mumia Abu Jamal 

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