Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Poet

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

Poet

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for Thebe Neruda

1 / Mmabatho

You come in the myth night hour. There are pages of dreams in your mother's eyes. Your father reads them with blood-rinsed memories: exiles and exiles ended.

The obituaries of gun shots welcome you.

The plow of a martyr's blood designs furrows in a rising sun.

This day is a stool for you to climb/a Kente cloth in side your brain.

2 / Johannesburg Shell

There are no crabs in side/here. No softness commingled/with leisured strides. No squinting eyes. No tentacles of bone. This is a place of steel. Here. Spears crumble/fall like the home lands. This is the New Age. This is the cross roads instructed properly. This is the day/you named after. The poet's tough tale scaling history. To give Chile Allende's peopled vision. Words are bullets here. Words are periods here. This is the end/of a sentence.

3 / New Day

Hector Petersen's spirit will use Modibo's pen to sign the new constitution. Soweto's children wrote it with MK ink. They used Sach's blown away arm as quill. Then Hani's spirit ignites flames for the ceremonial rite. Registering/memory for The Election. …

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