Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Madness & Poets

Academic journal article The Journal of Pan African Studies (Online)

Madness & Poets

Article excerpt

(For Marvin X)

All poets are mad Baba.

It's in the saying of unsayables

the seeing the unseen

mad from murals of mundaneness

masquerading as meaning

we tag truth in acid

with lethal pens we

carve epiphany on the

heaving breast of humanity

hear me: I am

Godz voice,

you see?


Crazed with grief

lack of sleep

poems keep knocking


howling accusations

insisting on justice

or blood

and the terrible knowledge

they may be the same.

Knowing its ill to be well

in insanity

we are religiously mad

listening to the jokes Godz tell

about the planz men make

we invoke open eyes

amongst the blind

literate itinerants

healing wounds

stapled with the gutz of prophetz

whose spines have been

broken open so poems

can be stitched to their

cleaved carcasses.

Poets grow in

the recesses of society's

bowels deep in the

world's shit we

spin beauty in the beast

to soothe the savage

someone should dance now

like poets spin

daring poems to be dervishes.

The trajectory of a poem

spit with accuracy

resembles lyrical alchemy

turning impossible into

the color blue.

I am a poet

long past caring about

disposed scholars who

lie in standard English

we break tense like fences

that separate us from them:

flow oceanic

if you ain't up on it

long tongue ju ju poets

say soothes

somber inelegant truths

salvaged from graveyards

laureates go hard,

sharp spiters are split

at the larynx hurling

neologisms like clever hexes

some like sharks

eat the open mic

& spit back

silk stitched caresses. …

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