My Celebration of National Poetry Month * – Po-Po-Poetry continues with this post featuring James LaFond-Lewis (Jim to me).
I met the fine poet James LaFond-Lewis when he was a restaurateur in Boston. He owned Mississippi’s in Kenmore Square, then in Brigham Circle and finally near Roxbury Crossing T-stop. It was in Roxbury that I made his acquaintance and he graciously and generously hosted the closing reception of the Roxbury Film Festival for a few years. We have kept in touch and when he started keeping a poetry blog, I was an avid reader. He is also quite an accomplished photographer. Let’s just call Jim a Renaissance man.
In 2016, Jim’s first volume of poetry, The Year There Were No Apples was published by CW Books. Following are two of the shorter poems in the volume that I like. I like most all of Jim’s poems.
A Woman in Love
is a hand unclenched
fingers spread, palm flung open
from the wrist.
out of love
a fist clenched
down to the toes.
It Just Does
There is another very fine poem in this volume that I will not share in its entirety but just the ending :
…He is full of hope
And chooses his wife
Again and again and again.
(You’ll have to buy the book to read the beginning.) Thanks, Mr. Poetry Man.
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^About National Poetry Month: Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.
I love poetry. These are really good. Did this brother have a restaurant on a side street leading to Roxbury Crossing? If he is one and the same, there are beautiful murals of musicians and singers (Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, etc.) painted on the walls outside.
Thank you for sharing these with us.
Yes. Jim owned Mississippi’s in three locations – Kenmore Square, Brigham Circle and on Terrace Street near Roxbury Crossing.
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