By Naomi Long Madgett
The insightful and informative foreword via the editor explains the old historical past to the plight of lots of trendy African American men. this is often an anthology to which fifty five black girls contributed optimistic poems approximately usual black males with just a couple of well-known males pointed out. A ground-breaking publication concerning the confident relationships among women and men. all of the 8 sections is illustrated by means of Carl Owens. the canopy is from a portray through Paul Goodnight.
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Your legs and arms are long and straight like trees rising from the ground. Your oblong head glistens, black Father, what is your name? You smile, father, your eyes narrowing your brow wrinkled your head slightly inclined. Father, we have lost the essence You are named Levi, a jewish name though your skin is ebony and velvet as the night Father, you are named Smith, an english name though you speak with the tongues of african wisdom Father, what is your name? " I have named us, father MAKETA GROVES Page 23 Sunflowers and Saturdays daddy sits in his brown leather chair, back straight, brow tight behind the rims of his glasses.
NAOMI LONG MADGETT Copyright © 1989 by Naomi Long Madgett Page 48 Papa (For Henry Walls, November 3, 1901-November 23, 1979) Papa, when men like you die the streets howl. torn from this page the wind that left your mark on us. I search I look for answers I hear your wise voice penetrating this plane of circumstance and wonder when men like you die what will happen to the rest of us? who will dictate order to us? you, who gave order to chaos in being simply what you were who will dictate order but the orderly?
You, who gave order to chaos in being simply what you were who will dictate order but the orderly? when men like you, men who carried mountains on their shoulders men who lifted up the sky men whose tears turned to rain when you leave us asleep in the great whore's petrified womb stoned, faltering in our egos falling like tin soldiers in an avalanche when men like you slip away in the night Page 49 without our lessons complete lost in meaning, our need of a parable: that was you, Papa a sign within our souls that the will though made of iron is gentle as real men are soft rays of light real men who are not afraid to love real men who do not know what fear is: that was you, Papa.