Academic journal article African American Review

Reunion: August '89

Academic journal article African American Review

Reunion: August '89

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I can feel it sometimes inside the harmonies of a dozen sister cousins aunts & womenfamily sittin in the august sun fannin themselves. Busy gossipin bout we "mens" & our "trampy" womenfriends & stuff. My ears are held hostage to hearin . . . "Lawd, boy, stop yo signifyin!" & the sweet intrusion of laughter sends their concert to the air . . . I feel it sometimes in phantom moments when I'm mellow. Watchin little double-dutch chocolate girls of shiny knees & African hair style. Magic in their fast feets. Sweepin senses in me so loud when they say: "Yobaby, yobaby, yo." & I know they are future stars. I feel it sometimes when the menfolk gather in a tiny kitchen to share a warm bottle of tequila & beer chasers in paper cups. As smiles & silences ping-pong between us in this secret solidarity of our patented handshakes. In the strange-jazz quiver of our embraces. Yeah, I feel it sometimes . . . seein new children trying to rise. …

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