December 31, 2012

Day 6 of Kwanzaa: Kuumba

"To do always as much as we can in the way that we can in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than when we inherited it."

In my own work this has meant building on the work of elders/ancestors such as Derek Walcott, Kamau Brathwaite, Dennis Scott, Bob Marley, Mervyn Morris,Tony McNeill, Toni Morrison, George Lamming, Michael Anthony, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Rita Dove, James Baldwin, Lorna Goodison, Zora Neale Hurston, Ralph Ellison, Orlando Patterson, and Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

In  a sense, my latest collection of poems, Dub Wise, is an homage to many of these writers. This blog is also a testament to my love and respect for their work. I hope that their work, especially the poets/writers who are not well known in North America, will live on through my poems and this blog.

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