Honoring the Ancestors

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-08-30
  • Publisher: Ingram Pub Services

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The frustration, anger, and restlessness caused by African American oppression are exorcised in this moving collection of poetry. Speaking initially from the perspective of black struggle, these works evolve to invoke the common denominator of all humanity. A familiar voice laments the feelings of a shared past, including tributes to Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Muhammad Ali, as well as non-African American icons such as Che Guevara, ultimately offering a more thoughtful and transcendental vision of human suffering and injustice.

Author Biography

James E. Cherry is an educator and social critic whose poetry has been widely published in literary journals such as African American Review and Callaloo. He is the author of Bending the Blues, Beyond the Frontier, and Roll Call. He lives in Jackson, Tennessee.

Table of Contents

Honoring the Ancestorsp. 1
Father's Day 2005p. 3
Bird Remembered (For Charlie Parker)p. 4
Genealogyp. 5
Postscriptp. 6
Travelin (for Langston)p. 7
Annie Allen (for Gwendolyn Brooks)p. 8
Emmett Till (after all these years)p. 9
For the Life of Poetryp. 11
Touissantp. 12
Between Football and Freedomp. 13
From Summer to Fallp. 15
Robeson: Artistp. 17
Robeson: Actorp. 18
Robeson: Activistp. 19
Fight Nightp. 20
Imagesp. 22
Port Harcourt (for Ken Saro Wiwa)p. 23
Come the Day (ken saro wiwa)p. 24
A Life (ken saro wiwa)p. 25
Lunch with Brotherp. 26
Drivin' Nikkip. 27
Baptismp. 29
Awakenings (for Sonia)p. 30
Wilsonia Benita Driver (1934, Sonia)p. 31
Beginnings (August 21, 1791, Haiti)p. 33
To Langstonp. 34
Resurrectionp. 35
Sympathy for Saddamp. 36
Lower Ninth Wardp. 37
Long Ways From Homep. 38
Object Lessonsp. 39
Pretty White Girls (for emmett till)p. 40
Beat (bob kaufman)p. 41
Migration Series (for Jacob Lawrence, Panel 1)p. 42
Guevara: Beginningsp. 43
Guevara: Hey Youp. 44
Guevara: Final Hoursp. 45
Black Smoke (the election of a pope)p. 46
Dessalinesp. 47
Fight (Haiku)p. 48
Homecoming (for Gil Scott-Heron)p. 49
Runaway Slave (Haiku)p. 50
Amadoup. 51
Coal Miner Songp. 52
Last Testament (Sago Miners)p. 53
Inmate 29300 (Tookie)p. 54
Migration (Haiku)p. 55
Words of a Poet (Li Young Lee)p. 56
Gunp. 57
An Open Letter to Claude Wilkinsonp. 58
Blackman on Trialp. 59
Sister Bettyp. 61
Question (for Haitian refugees)p. 63
A Revolutionary's Dilemmap. 64
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