49: Wings & Prayers, by Van G. Garrett
my folks gave me wings decades ago / made me feel as if i could / pull the copper out of shiny pennies
Kwansaba: a non-rhyming poetry form based on Kwanzaa (the African American holiday that celebrates seven principles): seven lines, seven words per line, with no word other than proper nouns containing more than seven letters. In the case of Van Garrett’s new collection, running the gamut from juke joints, haircuts, and being shot; to a series of homages to Jayne Cortez.
james brown like fire biting a powder keg’s cord or african drums talking loudly through beats james brown jolts and jukes like hornets that swarm over macon bayous and farms seeing life in fast-paced musical scales that make people want to shuffle on decks with sweat dropped on up-beats