Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

Fifty Years

Academic journal article Southern Quarterly

Fifty Years

Article excerpt

In Memory of Jimmy Travis


Though eight years before

Rosa ignites

feet. King enrolls

in long steps

to martyrdom.


Though three years before

the Greensboro four

distills from inactivity

prescriptions of a new math

for freedom.


Fifty years. The improvised

connections of will and

limbos spreading a SNCCed

geometry of dreams

bom in blood and nights and nights.

King delivers a gallery.

To remind architects

that hearts are where

cement is poured

to vote tomorrows and tomorrows.


Epic riders into tornadoes:

twirling KKK terrors, Parchman

formed episodes, and burnt out

buses in Anniston's memory.


Moses behind/Greenwood

shadows with peasants ushered

to make footprints to self.



Medgar is a five decades

marker in tempo


claps to witness; the song

of freedom has hegemony

over fear.

Free at last

Free at last

Obama's rise. …

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