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Karma's Footsteps Paperback – September 1, 2011
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About the Author
Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie is the author of Dear Continuum: Letters to a Poet Crafting Liberation (Grand Concourse Press) and Karma's Footsteps (Flipped Eye). She is the Poetry Editor of the literary magazine African Voices. Her work has been published in North American Review, WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly, Black Renaissance Noire, VIDA, Crab Orchard Review, and BOMB. Tallie's work is the subject of the short film, "I Leave My Colors Everywhere." She is the recipient of a 2010 Queens Council on the Arts grant for her research on herbalists of the African diaspora. Tallie earned an MFA from Mills College in 2002. She has taught literature and composition at York College and Medgar Evers College in New York City. Her children, the young people she meets when she travels, and justice are her biggest inspirations.
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I shake when I see him.
Only my homegirls seem to notice.
His boys' mantra is lying bitch.
They mutter it with machete-sharp eyes,
occasionally one rouses himself to it
"I Was There Once"
My great-grandfather killed a man
and I love him for it.
syllables slide beside me
I dream they kiss and sigh
I get lonely
even with words
_Reviewed by Lorraine Currelley