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October 19, 2021


Thank you for posting this timely piece.

Wow. How significant events such as the pandemic, Zoom and Gerald Floyd had such a significant effect on the success of your book is amazing! Thanks for sharing this update.


Johnson is a gifted writer and poet who shakes the conscience of America with his book Damaged Heritage. I learned so much from his book, including "filiopietism" - a concept that I was unaware of previously. He makes us look in the mirror at our own belief systems, and analyze what it means to honor our forefathers/mothers, particularly in the context of a fraught racial construct that has pervaded American history. To think that the Elaine race massacre occurred fully two years before the more notorious Tulsa massacre, is a painful reminder of how the horrors of our past have become suppressed, and that it takes people of vision, like Chester Johnson and Sheila Walker, to clear the lens we should look through when we rediscover the true history of our country and how we got to where we are today.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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