Poet of the Week: Robin Caudell

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Genetic Jazz

(For Harjo)
Joy
Silvers
Soprano-sax poems
Blue-blacking
Muskogee hearts
Raven wings

Joy
Raps true
Slaps hypocrite MITT
(More Indian Than Thou)
Who squint down
Not so brown or red
Nor chiseled noses
At breeds
Lacing 21st century moccasins
Beaded with ancestors’ eyes

Genetics:
A porcupine quill
You can’t shake

Africa calls you
Daughter, Sister Joy
Calls you beloved
Gifts you obsidian
Horses, horses, horses
With Pleiad eyes
DNA don’t lie
Oya smudges you
Yoruba ritual
Quetzalcoatl quest
You shine, shine, shine

Lift sax
Blow back
Blow back
Blow back
Stoke mud
Where red and black mixed
Juke jazz electric
Blue and rude
DNA don’t lie
Neither do Spirit

Genetics:
A porcupine quill
You can’t shake

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