Kamau Brathwaite

i am enCentering the amen New i am enCentering the amen New

for Peter Gizzi             crush tamarind and the brown thirst of Quivira       the hollow sound of the silence of travail       the tipp iron toe of aventura coronado . x       -plore for the first time like in imagen childhood       the time of the world of the mesa. but this one is "real"       the opponents are vivid & feather'd & red       not one of these is yr father       here the world that we thought of as round       after all becomes arid & flat in its trail       full of deep stony echoes & the steep sound       of phonemes       as if God is a well where there is no       language of water. no meaning       of silver of mineral flood that we know       in our langurous rivers       . but here is only the archer wind       . is this why we are hearin feathers?       . the future sits across from us squat & vivid on a burn       -ing horse. not a cross. w/its arrows       there are no orchards here. no wine       no other kind of time for these sorrows      

May 27, 2009 / Books & the Arts / Kamau Brathwaite

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May 19, 2008 / Books & the Arts / Kamau Brathwaite