Twenty Acres, Forty Acres discussed on Forum

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When would you want to get you high school plug in here when I school yeah I went to Oakland school for the arts just graduated your poetry which shows some real gifts by the way I'm saying that was my literature professor had on and has a lot of life and vitality to it it has a very compelling quality to it and a lot of it is frankly political social activist poetry comes out of that tradition which is very much a part of the whole black our tradition yes absolutely I think every type of writing is political I think everything we do is political existing in the body is political and and so I think that definitely is a huge aspect of my poetry and definitely the black arts tradition following in the tradition of emceeing of rap of of spoken word yeah you're right about going back to Tennessee and getting reparations in terms of not forty acres and I'm not twenty acres a mule but forty and four mules yeah yeah that's it's a sideman in part of that ten point program and it's about what reparations is and so I took that back into that PO and explored what reparations means as both this tangible monetary thing but also as reparations in in spirit and and and memory so you're not afraid to use your poetry is a vehicle of teaching educating and lightning and also maybe creating a sense of well revolutionary consciousness yeah I think that that is a huge purpose of poetry and I I call it documentary poetic so sometimes I think poetry can be used as facilitation of history in a way that that is accessible beyond digest just the story beyond the history and into the present maybe even more than the novel or as much as of now I don't think they're comparable honestly I think that that poetry is so much about how we feel and and how we experience ourselves and that novels allow us to to go outside of ourselves and explore the way that we exist in relationships which of course poetry does too but I think there's a condensed vibrational quality that poetry has those currently a sample of your poor we reach yeah yeah sure well so I have a series of poems called letters to the revolutionaries in my book and this one's for Bobby Seale Bobby tell me how you slick how you walk straight even with that heavy hat this city call you less than you is nobody's Doug nobody write a thesis let's write a manifesto how many people it takes to be a people's party if there are no children at the table the nobody sit down tell me about every ride or die woman you followed around this town photos call the women silent you know they lying you know they try to jail us into a language that not sharp enough to match this polls Mr seal what is a protest without a program nobody styled today nobody slept today when you came back the city had died three times over is this what a funeral look like yes but where is all the black.

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