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August 01, 2021


Primo imagery !! thank you!!

omg this is baltimore, too, today. It's cool and raining softly on the parched yards. I'm gonna put on a pot of black beans in honor of this poem and this day. Like right now.
I am very grateful.--Clarinda

bamity-bam-bam! total immersion poetry, my favorite, we were there for every step of the way, thank you for sharing

Yes, there is death, but this is a time for life, says this poet with keen observations: life with its different hungers, for people and foods and even a hint of the transcendent with Alice Coltrane (and her ashram) and Buju Benton (and his Rastafari).

I love this. She paints such a vivid picture of one day in the life of a neighborhood.

All the Philadelphia-specific details work toward this fine conclusion:
<< Smoke some Alice Coltrane. Cut up
some fruit, toenails. Hold on to the moment
as if time is taking your blood pressure. >>

"time is taking your blood pressure"! Thanks.

Love this poem. She takes you back to the neighborhood and the neighbors. Love seeing the actual street.

Lovely visual imagery about life in Philly. I particularly liked the end. One of my favorites.

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