Thursday, January 19, 2017

When I Die by Nikki Giovanni

When I Die
by Nikki Giovanni

when i die i hope no one who ever hurt me cries
and if they cry i hope their eyes fall out
and a million maggots that had made up their brains
crawl from the empty holes and devour the flesh
that covered the evil that passed itself off as a person
that i probably tried
to love

when i die i hope every worker in the national security
the interpol the fbicia foundation for the development
of black women gets
an extra bonus and maybe takes one day off
and maybe even asks why they didn't work as hard for us
as they did
but it always seems to be that way

please don't let them read "nikki-rosa" maybe just let
some black woman who called herself my friend go around
and collect
each and every book and let some black man who said it
negative of me to want him to be a man collect every
and poster and let them burn--throw acid on them--shit
on them as
they did me while i tried
to live

and as soon as i die i hope everyone who loved me learns
the meaning
of my death which is a simple lesson
don't do what you do very well very well and enjoy it it
scares white folk
and makes black ones truly mad

but i do hope someone tells my son
his mother liked little old ladies with
their blue dresses and hats and gloves hat sitting
by the window
to watch the dawn come up is valid that smiling at an old
and petting a dog don't detract from manhood
somebody please
tell him i knew all along that what would be
is what will be but i wanted to be a new person
and my rebirth was stifled not by the master
but the slave

and if ever i touched a life i hope that life knows
that i know that touching was and still is and will always
be the true

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martin Luther King The Three Evils of Society

An almost lost Dr. King speech, from the Pacifica Archives; this speech was given at the first and only National Conference for New Politics. It is an amazing speech which looks at American's three deadliest sins, War, Racism and Poverty!

Martin Luther King, Jr., "What Is Your Life's Blueprint?"

Today in the USA we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Dr. King is a man who lived and died for what he believed in. He stood up for what is right, fought against the systematic racism and oppression on behalf of black people and communities of oppressed peoples worldwide.

Here is a speech Dr. King delivered at Baratt Junior High School in Philadelphhia, PA on October 26th, 1967. He opens the speech asking, "What is your life's blueprint?"

This is an inspirational speech for young people and grown folks alike. It's never too late to reevaluate and revise our life's blueprint. Dr. King states that an integral part of our life's blueprint should be a deep belief in our own dignity and self-worth. "You should not be ashamed of your color."

"Secondly, in your life's blueprint, you must have as a basic principle the determination to achieve excellence in your various fields of endeavor." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 9, 2017

The 10% Advantage - How we change our attitude. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Shambhala

http://www.sakyong.comThe Sakyong, Jamgön Mipham Rinpoche discusses how we can incorporate virtue into our life a little bit at a time. "we get up in the morning and say okay, 10% of our mind we will put towards this new theme that we are trying to work on that day."© Copyright 2007 Mipham J. MukpoProduced By Centre Productions and James Hoagland.See also The Ten Percent Advantage (written) at

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Poet Suheir Hammad @ Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word

Poet Suheir Hammad, making a rare appearance, headlines @ Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010, @ One and One Bar/Restaurant, Nexus Lounge, Manhattan, NYC. 
Suheir Hammad, one of the most important voices of our generation, is the author "breaking poems," recipient of a 2009 American Book Award, and the Arab American Book award for Poetry 2009. Her other books are "ZaatarDiva", "Born Palestinian, Born Black" and "Drops of This Story." Her work has been widely anthologized and also adapted for theater. Her produced plays include "Blood Trinity" and "breaking letter(s)," and she wrote the libretto for the multimedia performance "Re-Orientalism." An original writer and performer in the TONY award winning Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, Suheir appears in the 2008 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection, "Salt of This Sea." She is the Artist in Residency at the NYU's APA Institute for 2010.
The Inspired Word is New York City's hottest new spoken word poetry series that happens every Thursday night in downtown Manhattan, produced by longtime writer/journalist and former Village Voice columnist Mike Geffner.
Videographer: Elaine Delehant
Music by Oveous: "Want To Be Happy"

Gary Snyder poet at Books Inc. Berkeley California May 24, 2016

Gary Snyder poet at Books Inc. Berkeley California May 24, 2016

The Collected Poets Series: Lawrence Raab, April 1, 2010

The Collected Poets Series highlights the work of established and emerging poets. Each event showcases the remarkable local poets of Western Massachusetts and the finest regional, national, and international talent.
The series is held the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Mocha Maya's, 47 Bridge Street, Shelburne Falls, MA.

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