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we be / missin your / sunday evening poems
delivered your careful way / through the long distance line
like a new orleanian midwife

 

 

In Future

(an elegy for poet, friend, and mentor Yictove)

 

By Jesse Alexander

In future
literary giants will knock down
stiff
drinks
in coffee houses and bars
up-and-down the eastern seaboard
and come to blows
over the meaning of
you

In future
we will be all
brighter and prettier by
every minute
we've known
you

In future
we be
missin your
sunday evening poems
delivered your careful way
through the long distance line
like a new orleanian midwife

yeah,

In future
sun-babies will recite
you
by heart
& giggle
when they sing the
boom boom!
part.

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posted 31 July 2007

Source: http://www.eyepoet.com/

Jesse Alexander, Trainer/Technical Writer—Jesse is an award winning poet, entrepreneur, and extra class amateur radio operator (call sign WB2IFS), and has designed documentation, and processes in support of design, engineering, sales and marketing for the telecommunications industry. He is a member of the IEEE Professional Communications Society, the Society for Technical Communication, and the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.

Mr. Alexander graduated Cum Laude and Tau Beta Pi with Bachelors of Science and Masters of Engineering degrees in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, Washington, DC.

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From the one book of his I have, a Blue Print, of a life seemingly quickly lived but deeply felt. Yictove became a coordinator of readings at the Knitting Factory and at the East Orange Public Library.

Soft spoken, introverted it would seem, appearing, disappearing, yet leaving his trace, singular, but like all of us, leaving traces, prints of our blues our blues lives. Now the brother follows the 9th Ward of his native Big Easy, deeply appreciated but now part of the legend of what we took for granted some of the things that made us happy, now gone gone gone.—Amiri Baraka 8/1/07

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I will always remember the artistic genius that lived in my brother. The way that he made words have new life from the written to the spoken word was something of an art in and of itself. As he spoke his voice boomed and oozed giving words new meaning. The Knitting Factory and the Library (East Orange Public Library) gave him the opportunity to help others grow and cultivate in the arts he so loved. He was a gentle teacher and had a gift with people of all walks of life. Not long ago he was in New Orleans and performed with Kid Jordan’s band an impromptu jam session where he read When the Dewdrop Drops. Though the performance was not rehearsed it was amazing in every sense, exemplifying the artist he truly was.

Consuello Battin: Sister

Source: D.J. Soliloquy (Thrown Stone Press, 1988)

This "Brother/Man" from New Orleans who has touched spirits on one shore and the next has come touch base with ours.

He speaks of the conditions that are within our control, and the necessity for some changes of the urgency in the need to learn to learn how to truly love ourselves in order to be free enough to open up and learn to love each other. Offering no panacea, he speaks of the reality of the hard work intrinsic in the finding of solutions. He is a believer in the wondrous results of honest attempts at communications with our lovers, families and friends--a direct path to broader communications with our people--A.H. Reynolds

Yictove has produced/hosted a poetry series on cable in Newark, New Jersey, performed as a poet in the schools courtesy of the Geraldine Dodge Foundation, worked as a creative writing instructor in the Safe Haven Program/YMCA in East Orange, New Jersey, and directed as poetry series in New York City's Knitting Factory.  Cover art: Lorraine Williams

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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