Good afternoon everyone. As a poet, it warms my heart to come across poets who paved the way for this generation. One of those people happen to be Effie Lee Newsome. This talented writer devoted her life to enriching the lives of our youth. She wrote poetry for children, and a little-known fact, was indeed part of the Harlem Renaissance. ELN poems; Bats, Sunset, TURKEY, IN WINTER, Morning Light, Peacock Feather, The Bronze Legacy, O Autumn, Autumn!, The Bird in the Cage, GLADIOLA GARDEN, and O Sea, That Knowest Thy Strength... Our second poet happens to be Al Young. Like so many of the greats before, the brother is no longer with us. However, his poetry still lives on and can be experienced by all. Like so many of his peers, Al had an extensive career as a professor at such universities like U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Santa Cruz, U.C. Davis, Bowling Green State University, the University of Washington, and the University of Michigan among others. AL poems; For Poets, HOT OCTOBER, and Key to the Dollar Store... With that, I want to encourage all to continue to visit on daily basis. My fellow writers, never allow the ink to run dry in your pen. Have a bless day. Mr. Africa - November 6, 2021
Let me take this moment, to let all know why the site was abandoned per se. To be honest, I was burnt out, and kind of lost my love for this art-form. Many of you may not have known the site was created when I was a young man. Now 20 years later, I'm one of those middle age brothers. Lol, I also kind of fell in love with blogging. Right now, have 4 blogs which I maintain and update on a daily/weekly basis. Enough of that, and more poetry for all. Sonia Sanchez is one of my favorite poets, as I would rank her up there alongside Maya Angelou. She has definitely uplifted a generation of writers. SS poems; 14 haiku, Sonku [what i want], For Sister Gwen Brooks, This Is Not a Small Voice, and Blues Haiku [let me be yo wil] . Marilyn Nelson who is also a children's book author, has been under the radar for years, honored to post more of her work; 1905, Crows, Weir Farm, and Octopus Empire... There is also a new poetess who goes by the name Emma Joan ; I Am., ...Cycle, Repressed, The Last Time, and Can You See Me?. I do encourage all, write, and write more. Never abandon poetry my friend. Always nice to see brothers sending poems our way. Geoffrey Watts like many, have patiently waited for his poetry to go live; Adulation, Never Too Late, Tired of My Own, In Spirit You Live in Me, Take a Stand Black Man, and The La La song (Dedicated to the memory of Katrina). Writer Robert Wilson-Cruse also has a few pieces, one can read over; Fed Up, The Ring, Why I Write, Southern Belle, and Will I Ever Love Again.
On a serious note, I want to encourage all to stay safe during this coronavirus saga and do wear a mask while in public. Do your part as a human being as we continue to fight this virus. Hope a vaccine is found sooner than later. Let's now get back to poetry. -Smile- Well Journalist Gwendolyn Bennett is one of the many black women who thrived during the Harlem Renaissance. GB poems; Song, Secret, Quatrains, To Usward, and Lines Written at the Grave of Alexandre Dumas... Derek Walcott who is an islander from St. Lucia carved out a name within the literature world; Fame, The Fist, Sea Grapes, Love After Love, Map of the New World, Bleecker Street, Summer, A Lesson for This Sunday, and The Season of Phantasmal Peace. You will see, his words will dance before your eyes. Another favorite of mine is Gwendolyn Brooks, who actually got to meet and interact with the legendary poet Langston Hughes. One can only imagine what type of conversation the two had; truth, Young Afrikans, Boy Breaking Glass, Jessie Mitchell's Mother, and The Life of Lincoln West... Mrs. Brooks like so many poets of her time, also taught at a few colleges, over the years. Sister Ai like many have moved on from this world, but her poetry will be here forever; Killing Floor, Passing Through, Guadalajara Cemetery, She Didn't Even Wave, and Talking to His Reflection in a Shallow Pond. As avid fans of this art form, we need to show more love toward our elders. I for one am trying to do my part by posting their poetry. We also have more poems by Harryette Mullen, who is currently a professor at University of Cal... HM poetry; Black Nikes, [Kills bugs dead.], From Tanka Diary, [Of a girl, in white], We Are Not Responsible, [it's rank it cranks you up], Sleeping with the Dictionary, [go on sister sing your song], Page 5 / sun goes on shining, and Muse & Drudge [why these blues come from us].
Just thinking to myself, many of you have been visiting this site for years. If you don't mind me asking, what keeps you coming back? Also, if not already what has stopped you from sending us poems? -Smile- Are there any former poetry board members who still check in? Who knows, we may decide to bring back our online community. At this time, social networks seem to be the "it" thing. So do feel free to join us over on Facebook. I went ahead and created a new fanpage, so yes starting from scratch again; MrAfrica Poetry Lounge - Fanpage (-----
Getting closer to wrapping this update up, but there are a few more poets. Christian Starr has some poems, and this talented sister also helps out with my blogs. She happens to be the 'Editor' and I'm so glad we connected a few years back; He, We, Vexed, Shoes, Walking, Patience, My Spirit, The Water, Creole Queen, and Will You Fight 4 me... Poet/Professor Rita Dove has released quite a few poetry books over the years, and in even 2020 her poetry resonate with the masses; Vacation, Heart to Heart, American Smooth, and Borderline Mambo.. Some would argue Paul Laurence Dunbar is the greatest black poet ever, and if you read over his work, most likely would agree. More poems by this great writer; Absence, The Debt, The Mystery, Night of Love, and Little Brown Baby. Cornelius Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem. A nonprofit literary service organization whom over the years has enriched the lives of African American poets. Feel free to check out more of this brother poetry; Manchild, Nina's Blues, I'm a Fool to Love You, The Cab Driver Who Ripped Me Off, Money Won't Change It (but time will take you on), and Photo of Miles Davis at Lennies-on-the-Turnpike, 1968. The last poet, or shall I say poetess, is JW Bella who also is a teacher has been writing for years. The sister recently self-published a book entitled; "The Slip Under My Church Dress". Let's support our Authors!! JW poems; Lotus, Cloudy, Shame, Veracity, River-ish, Lula Farris, Untitled Blessings, America's Prodigal, Bruised Strawberry, and Life's Featured Attraction..
At last, '23' poets, and nearly 130 poems are live. I do know life happens but it's great to be able to dance with poetry again. Also, I'm calling upon all poets to submit a few pieces (at least 5 poems). Join this ever growing poetic family!! It's hard to believe, we started on Angelfire.com free servers only to later move to Ctadams domain. If would like to just say hello to me, do know my contact info is MyPoems@Ctadams.com. Until then, look for us to give this place a facelift, and most likely add a 'Spoken word' section. Have a lovely day. Mr. Africa - September 5, 2020