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For in those times / she was running water 

clear, clean in that ingrown South / where revolution never happened / not even now. 

 
 

 

Books and CDs by Glenis Redmond

Gwendolyn Knight: Discovering Powerful Images  /  Backbone  / Steam Dreams, an Anthology

Glenis on Poetry (CD)  Monumental (CD)

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She 

for Katie Latimore’s Birthday, 101 

 

By Glenis Redmond

 

Staring into Katie Latimore’s eyes 

I go straight into heaven, 

rest in a blueness not here on earth. 

With her I feel a certain mercy 

I have never known. 

She who grew hollyhocks, hibiscus, hydrangeas 

and drew every stray cat in the county. 

She who when not pickin’ cotton, 

grew vegetables in her yard, 

fished in her spare time. 

Rachel’s daughter, 

her mother born a slave 

bore sixteen children. 

She in those desperate 

dangerous times 

held aspirations beyond the third grade 

but never made it to that one-room schoolhouse. 

Her knowledge was of another understanding, 

a candle lit by the Almighty. 

When I am wise I sit there and study her blue flame. 

She smoked her Winston 100’s 

inhaled a little 

letting the ash grow 

until it fell like withered dreams beneath her feet. 

She drank her Coca-Cola like medicine 

loved her potatoes sweet. 

She made me thru my mother 

thru and thru ‘til 

I am what I am 

which is why even now, 

I have a penchant for all things old; 

never been particular about the new. 

It is why I gave birth to two incredibly old women. 

I called them the Delaney sisters. 

They came that way. 

It is their spirit not their age. 

She, my mother’s mother, I am not calling a saint 

but is there anybody living who would want to walk in her shoes? 

She has earned the glory of these words 

any respite they might bring. 

 

She with her jet black ambition 

tied to her hands 

her running feet 

running thru cane fields, 

cotton fields 

always somebody else’s 

sharecropped land. 

She deserves to run, 

fight, do battle no more. 

Lay it all down by the riverside. 

But she is in the nursing home 

with a fire, a rage burning bright. 

I know because sometimes, 

she won’t let no white hand touch her. 

When I leave there, She whispers, 

“Loves everybody, Chile, 

no matter how black, 

how blue, 

how brown, 

or how white, 

loves everybody.” 

For in those times 

she was running water 

clear, clean in that ingrown South 

where revolution never happened 

not even now. 

She was 

IS the point of my inspiration 

showing me the revolution 

is in staying alive. 

I don’t know what happened to her 

101 years of living in the south. 

I only know 

She is closer to God 

than anyone I have ever known. 

Coming from a shattered past 

imagine heartache after heartache, 

outlasting the death of almost everyone, 

lasting 101 years of living. 

What are we gonna say 

to that black woman? 

 

We gonna look around pretend she not there? 

What we gonna say to 101 years 

of having no monuments erected in her name? 

The only thing resurrected daily was the struggle and the fight. 

What we gonna say to all those years of living? 

If we want to be well, 

we sit down and listen 

with more than our ears. 

posted 19 June 2006

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Glenis Redmond is an award-winning performance poet, praise poet, teacher, and writer. For the past twelve years, she has traveled both domestically and abroad, performing and teaching.

Her poetry has won the Carrie McCray literary award 1995, NC Literary Artist Fellowship 2005, Denny C. Plattner Award for Outstanding Poetry, 2005. She is also the two-time recipient of fellowships from both the Vermont Writing Center and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Glenis has been published in numerous literary journals and publications including Stanford University's Black Arts Quarterly, Obsidian II: Black literature in Review, Emrys Journal, Bum Rush The Page: Def Poetry Jam, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage and African Voices.

As a performer, Glenis Redmond was the Southeast Regional Individual Poetry Slam Champion in 1997 and 1998, and placed in the top ten twice in the National Individual Slam Championships. She currently presents a variety of performances for audiences of all ages in venues ranging from top performing arts centers to juvenile detention centers.

 

Glenis has performed in many diverse locations including the Paddington Arts Festival in England, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, the Poetry Circus Festival in Taos, New Mexico, and the Peace Center in her native South Carolina.

As a teacher, Glenis Redmond has recently been invited to join the national touring roster for the Kennedy Center's Partnership in Education Teacher Training. She helps both professional and amateur writers from 9-90 find their own poetic voices through workshops and classes across the nation.  Email:  poetica11@aol.com and Website: WWW.Glenisredmond.com 

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Asheville poet Glenis Redmond remembers Great Katie's grace and life
Honors the magical woman who most inspired her

 

Celebrating a Century og Living and Loving

 

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

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