Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Kwansaba: Poets Sonia Sanchez & Jessica Care Moore Fly to Planet Ferguson 2015

Academic journal article Journal of Pan African Studies

Kwansaba: Poets Sonia Sanchez & Jessica Care Moore Fly to Planet Ferguson 2015

Article excerpt

Led by DuBois, surgeon of divided "I," Dunbar-the-suturer, River Jordan's June & soular orbs Amiri/Maya, triage poets Sonia & Jessica invade race-scaped hospice. Here, they Kushion orature with Yaa Asantewaa's anti-doses of nommo-soulo serums. Sisters salvage racial victim & vagrant on Planet Ferguson. 

On a frigid February night, BAM Ark-Eye-Tech/Philadelphia Poet Laureate Sonia Sanchez & Detroit's BAM Heir/Warrior Artist Jessica Care Moore warmed collars on Planet Ferguson, "dropping" soul lodes at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Moderated by April R. (Akila Worksongs) Silver--with warm up chops from MK Stallings' UrbArts poets JayLuvve, Chris Ware, Freeman Word, and PoeticSlang--Sonia & Jessica did bardic boogaloos, raising conch-us-nests to the sky's "unlimit," as East Boogie poet Sherman L. Fowler hits it.

Eugene B. Redmond, emeritus professor of English at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, was named Poet Laureate of East St. Louis (Illinois) in 1976, the year Doubleday released his critical history, Drumvoices: The Mission of Afro-American Poetry. Earlier, as a TeacherCounselor and Poet-in-Residence at SIU's Experiment in Higher Education (1967-69), he taught with Katherine Dunham and Henry Dumas (1934-1968).

As literary executor of Dumas's estate, and with assistance from Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka, Redmond edited several posthumously published volumes of his friend's writings. …

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