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

From a Big B.A.M. Theory of Creation

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

From a Big B.A.M. Theory of Creation

Article excerpt

We have broken free

of imposed forms, from

the outrages of being bound

in formal and informal cages. "Sympathy's"*

caged broken-winged song

birds now fly more freely than even

Bird's bop. They broke bad

with breakdancing

and hip/hop all over

spoken word's poetry perches

and beyond the lovely, dark, and deep

paper woods and pulp trees some think

they shall never see as lovely

as freed people's

poetry. Free

to be whatever

it wants to be,

what it is or is becoming.

And what we have been

through entitles us to

tell it like it

tiz of thee

and say "it be's

that way" if that is what we want.

What makes a poem

Black with a capital B

among those of us in the U.S.

descended from ancestors who

used to be the capital in capitalism's

centuries of "free market" slavery

and sharecropping?

History!

What makes a poem Black?

it ain't no mystery: ancestry, legacy,

politics, class, culture,

style. Confluence

of the mass mixed

things that come to mind out

of a "consciousness of kind."

Mixed-in out of mouth things

like ring shouts, refrains, signifying, jive,

blues, jazz songs, scat, the dozens, r&b, breakbeats,

rap. …

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