Hiding in plain view 2

It  is not unknown to me. I actually do know it.  I’ve been to that place, I’ve seen that sculpture, and I’ve experienced that event/practice/celebration. I live or have lived in that neighborhood or on that street.  I’ve read that book.  I learned that history.  I’ve dined at that restaurant, […]


Love can return after it’s gone missing 3

Sometimes love returns after it’s gone missing. It can be found again… Can you love someone that you see clearly, who is no longer opaque, mysterious and unknown? Can you love someone whose flaws are apparent – at least to you if not to them?  Can they love you when […]


Love the One You’re With 1

Love the one you’re with.  I mean really – love the one you’re with but not in the manner of the lyrics from the song, “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.” by Crosby, Stills & Nash.*  That is opportunistic love.  I’m talking […]


Po-Po-Poetry – David Bickham – National Poetry Month

I met David Bickham about 18 years ago when he was living in Boston.  He promised me that he would get me to his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi one day to share my experience with cultural economic development.  We kept in touch over the ensuing years and he always contacted […]


Po-Po-Poetry: Toi Derricotte – Cave Canem – National Poetry Month 2

This selection for National Poetry Month features Toi Derricotte and accomplished poet and champion of Black poets. She is co-founder of Cave Canem* – the seminal/critical/crucial support organization and network for Black poets. Black Boys Play the Classics – by Toi Derricotte The most popular “act” in Penn Station is the three […]