Poetry

CON-FICTIONS AND CON-VERSE-ZIONS


Like the cruelty of clothes
belted
strapped
buttoned down
zipped up
these flat 
pressed women
ironed hard
metal smoothed

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Petroglyph Warriors; Acrylic on canvas, Adrian Augier
GORÉE ISLAND (for Kamau)

Memory mocked us.
Thrust a long lascivious tongue

through the chiselled slit
of a viewing window.

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Mask Parade by Gary Butte
AFTER GARY BUTTE

 

“So crossing the river
and walking the path
we came at last to Kumasi.” – Kamau Brathwaite

 

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George Elliott Clarke
BAHAMIAN DISCOURSE*

 

I.

Sunlight slithers, insinuates itself,
amid preening palms.

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EXCERPT from WINNING WORDS

Dream at Graeme Hall
by Lawrence B. Bannister

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GRIOT

(for Kamau on his 70th birthday)

at seventy
your voice
soft drone
balanced with quick guitar pick
finding notes
no one heard or knew.

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Day One

 

I feel a thickening I’ve felt before
A denseness growing at my core
The calling of a wooden floor

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