Nomadic In-dee-go

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Leaving for good in two days, baby,
you know how I feel.

Daddy don’t want me to go,
I know how he feel.

Sun turn me out every morning,
you feel how I feel.

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
for me
And I am feeling good.

Miss some people in my life, you know how that feel.
Pearly erupting, oozing out me, come feel how it feel.
Daddy don’t want me to go, and that just how he feel.

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
for me
And I am feeling good.

In my veins sugar sparkle tingle, he know how I feel.
Eyes wide open flowing, owning, you feel how I feel?
Everyday every minute possible, sweet-thing, you know how I feel?

It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
for me
And I am feeling good.

Under/In You – Bjork’s “Oceania”

oceanaiOne breath away from mother Oceania
Your nimble feet make prints in my sands
You have done good for yourselves
Since you left my wet embrace
And crawled ashore
Every boy, is a snake is a lily
Every pearl is a lynx, is a girl
Sweet like harmony made into flesh
You dance by my side
Children sublime
You show me continents
I see islands
You count the centuries
I blink my eyes
Hawks and sparrows race in my waters
Stingrays are floating
Across the sky
Little ones, my sons and my daughters
Your sweat is salty
I am why
I am why
I am why
Your sweat is salty
I am why
I am why
I am why

Breathing Baldwin: An Interview with Calvin Levels

Calvin LevelsJames Baldwin: Down from the Mountaintop is a one-man play written and performed by Tony Award nominee Calvin Levels. The play depicts the rich and impassioned life of James Baldwin – the esteemed novelist, playwright, essayist and civil rights activist. Levels will be performing the play at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on December 7-9, 2007. Sunday December 9th, in addition to the performance, there will be a VIP reception and panel dialogue with Dr. Cornel West, Amiri Baraka, Ekwueme Micheal Thewell, Sol Stein and members of Baldwin’s family. The panel will be moderated by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now. Tickets are available through Telecharge, 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, or telecharge.com.

I had a minute to chat up Mr. Levels recently. Here’s what he had to say.

Talk to me about the inspiration for creating James Baldwin: Down from the Mountaintop.

One day I was at home meditating in my reading chair, contemplating the direction of our country trying to find a subject matter to work on in a theatrical form to address our state of affairs. Baldwin immediately came to mind. It actually felt like a moment of inspiration, because even though I had been a Baldwin fan since childhood, I had never considered writing a play about him. When the thought entered my mind it felt incredibly right for a number of reasons. Baldwin attacked the human struggle with a truth and eloquence that is timeless, and therefore is still relevant today regarding issues of racism, sexism and personal identity. My only problem was, “how would I be able to portray someone with the brilliance of Baldwin?” Continue reading

Brother 2 Brother – Back in Print!

b2bBrother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, edited by Essex Hemphill and conceived by Joseph Beam, is back in print! With a new introduction by Jafari Sinclaire Allen and an afterward by Chuck Tarver, Brother to Brother is poised to reclaim and resume conversations begun with editors Essex Hemphill and Joseph Beam.

Order through Lisa C. Moore at redbonepress@yahoo.com with your phone number and a good time to call, and she can take a VISA/MC over the phone and mail your order right out. Or order through your local independent bookstore, through the distributor Small Press Distribution (www.spdbooks.org), or your usual online retailer.

Ordering info:
Brother to Brother, edited by Essex Hemphill
Publisher: RedBone Press
Price: $17.00
ISBN-10: 0-9786251-1- 1
ISBN-13 978-09786251- 1-5
Shipping/handling per book: $2.50

http://www.redbonespress.com

How I Love: The Redux

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I was born in 1966, in Toledo, Ohio, to Steve J. Fullwood and Elaine E. Houston. My father was what you would call an “escaped Southerner.” About two weeks after graduating high school, my then 17-year old father packed his gladrags and left rural Arkansas on route to Compton, California, but made a fateful stop in Toledo to visit relatives. While there, he helped formulate a short-lived gospel trio called the Horns of Zion, and they performed in parts of Michigan, Illinois and Ohio and even had the good fortune to cut a record. His talent for singing was not a part of my inheritance. Continue reading

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me1.
Darrell taught me
it is better to know
than not to know
what you want
and what you don’t.

in/side and out.

with/out saddles
horses like me run wild
through 20th Century madness
used because we carry the word
slaughtered for glue.

fine.

2.
eating your way
through shit
only guarantees
a raw tongue
and ass,
not nuptials.

fine.

3.
he held my belly.
tickled it.
ashamed, but too tired
to suck it in, belly opted
for sunshine
this time.

fine.