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Feb.17.2013
 Opal Palmer Adisa tagged me in The Next Big Thing writers chain.  A series of questions about writers, their current projects, process are asked of one writer who then tags two to five other writers who then answer, transform, transmit the ideas and the beat goes on.  I answered the...
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Dec.13.2012
1968 Memphis sanitation workers strike
In 1968 when Martin Luther King came to Memphis to support the sanitation worker strike, he presided over one of the most courageous and inspirational marches.   A group of workers wore signs bearing the simple message “I am a man”  and stood and marched silently.  The next day...
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Dec.05.2012
I’m back.  Again.  I actually enjoy writing a blog but seem to have so many projects on my plate at any time that making room for keeping up a blog just falls down the list far too often.  Lately, however, I find myself thinking more about the process of creating and the imperatives...
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Jul.22.2011
Six by ten is the amount of space prisoners are given in Pelican Bay Prison high security prison.  Imagine your bed, sink, toilet, and personal items allowed and you in this space for a minimum of twenty-two hours a day for five, ten, twenty years.  Yes, years.  Food is intolerable and often in...
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Jun.23.2011
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Reginald W. Major February 8, 1926 to June 20, 2011 New York born Carribean man, family man, author, journalist, professor, political activist (progressive, radical, revolutionary as the times and his own consciousness guided). A Harlem raised Pan-African humanist, drafted World War II Navy...
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May.23.2011
In the last few months have been performing, (yes I am horrific about keeping my calendar up and have only one upcoming benefit performance at this point), writing, and teaching as well as spending massive amounts of time as caretaker for my critically ill father and old and frail mother. It has...
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Feb.16.2011
 I'd like to encourage you to come to some or all of this event.  I’m reading somewhere between 3-5 but I encourage each and all of you to come to as much of the fair as you can and support this effort. Some wonderful poets and writers will be presenting their work. Marvin X and Bay Area Black...
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Feb.10.2011
I just want to bring your attention to tomorrow’s 4th Annual Battles of ALL the Sexes POOR Magazine benefit event.  The people who run this organization are true activists and are changing the world in steady and consistent ways.  This event is big fun. 4th Annual Poetry Battle of ALL of the Sexes...
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Feb.10.2011
I have been chewing on what it means to be an activist about the many ways we can and do act in our lives about when and how those ways are political as well as purposeful if there is a difference between those two things or if, as is more likely,  one’s purposeful acts are defined by ones...
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Feb.10.2011
I have been chewing on what it means to be an activist about the many ways we can and do act in our lives about when and how those ways are political as well as purposeful if there is a difference between those two things or if, as is more likely,  one’s purposeful acts are defined by ones...
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Nov.14.2010
What makes a poet Black Yet do I marvel at this curious thing:To make a poet black, and bid him sing!  Countee Cullen     Does it matter that I am a Black woman, an African-American woman,  to be a bit more nuanced about the Black,  does it matter when I write a poem inspired by misogyny as culture...
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Oct.19.2010
November 3 San Francisco reading
    Although I have been tacky about my blog presence, I write a lot. And although I write less than every day, I spend days upon days, hours pressed next to hours swimming and sometimes drowning in the world of words and meaning.  Because I am multi-genre writer, and also because I see all art as...
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Jan.31.2010
haiti - statistics of loss                1.i can not count but so high without losing my place in the line of the dead who sleep next to the homeless and the hungry weeping               2.  for three hundred yearsthey have paidfor loving their freedomas much as they lovetheir gods...
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Jan.31.2010
My, my , my- and to think my last post was about the Revolutionary Poets Brigade- Well, since last October it has grown and is trying to give some vision and context for revolutionary struggle through poetry.  Certainly poetry is not the cure, but it is part of the answer.  Last Friday there was a...
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Oct.02.2009
    I was recently invited to join this collective of engaged poets.  (How can one resist joining a revolutionary poets brigade?)   They have a number of actions planned starting with two readings.  The first one, held last Friday was wonderful. Poets included myself, Alejandro Murguia, Sarah...
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