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

Remembering Our Libraries

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

Remembering Our Libraries

Article excerpt

Amiri, Malcolm, Maya, Audre, Wanda

Tom Dent, Hoyt Fuller, Larry Neal, Jayne Cortez

All my Black Folks

My literary Cosmic Library

I have read you with my soul

And when you passed

I held your libraries in awkward hands

How do you hold a giant?

How do you celebrate, art?

In its rich, Blackness

Being and Feeling

Blackness-real

Blackness-you feel

Opening doors, not seen before

Not in high school history books

Oh, I know, I have looked

Trying to find my real

My family, my folks

Weighed down by sorrow songs

Speaking in tongues - words

Demanding self-determination

A Black Aesthetics

My brothers and sisters

Telling me, telling me

the beauty in my Blackness

Singing hallelujah

Over my body

Touched by spirit

Feeling and understanding

My body surrenders

Sublime

Gliding, Gliding

Falling into my being

Joy-soul-matter

My beauty, my Blackness

And I am writing, writing, writing,

Until, my pen is still

I travel as spirit

Pen gone, body gone,

But I am still, still. …

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