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But nothing prepares the reader for the sheer skill of his creative manipulation of words, his unique phrasing, his choices of placement of words on the page, and most important, the visceral power of his poetry. He is an African American artist who addresses slavery and imprisonment, bodily abuse, angst internally festering expressed in a manner that immediately draws pain as we read his words. He sings of the body abused, the body wondering, the body confused. It is such exquisitely written poetry that sharing an excerpt from this Black Lawrence Press book is mandatory to shed light on his talent.
THE FACE OF SOMEONE
Seeing for someone
In the house for company because
he what he does to my / Body he doesn't
want in the house
he hides the women in / He
hides the magazines in somewhere in / Where guests would never go
for company he what he does to me
He wants to keep private a me a secret even then /and even as a boy I knew
my body my / Black body wasn't
private wasn't couldn't be
Secret and even then / I knew
He what he did to me made me invisible /I didn't have
the blond face of a kidnapped child I had
the face of someone
Who brought it on himself
Watch this poet grow - he is very, very important. Grady Harp, July 14