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Lita Hooper



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 ( 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

the living