Resides in Atlanta, GA. Teaches English at Georgia Perimeter College (associate professor). BA from DePaul University; MA from University of Colorado; DA from Clark Atlanta University. Published in anthologies and periodicals. Playwright and photographer. Author of a critical biography of Haki Madhubuti and two chapbooks. Founder and member of the Baobab Poetry Collective (www.baobabpoetrycollective.com) Chosen for American Life in Poetry series, Atlanta's Bureau of Cultural Affairs Emerging Artist Grant, and several writing residencies.
for Sojourner Truth
A tongue should not bear the memory of blood
the tangy sweetness of flesh torn
the ancestral river disturbed.
The old ones know
lashings sting like a searing cry ignored
but this is not a sound to rejoice.
Still, even I admit the subtle satisfaction
from the warm trickle
bruises reverberating like drums announcing
bloated skin the color of late summer plums
How tender we