Decolonial Passage


Billie Holiday’s Deathbed

Who are these men that know nothing/about the blues? Inspiring jinxed history/with officious ink–corrections bled red/outside the margins, ignored or overcome–/their shared voice, warning: Be more like me.

The Veil

Doña Maria is/the despenadora, the one who/takes care of the suffering./ La que quita penas.

A Song for Grandmother: Daughters of the Hoodoo

Can you see them/Those wide women/Wide like the earth/Dressed always in white/Ready soldiers of love

Once Was Black

Black shuns not in the respect of one another/It forgot the struggles of the previous generations./It isn’t unity anymore, everyone for yourself./Safe to say, once we were Black.

Bikowist Manifesto

Black man you are on your own/In your own unmarked unknown grave/In your own land you do not own/With your own hands you own but lend to owners

Folding Time: Dear Descendant(s)

Trotting from place to place across Africa showed me more of her beauty and the abundance of wealth tucked within her.

How John Coltrane Learned to Play Jazz

Most people don’t know that when John Coltrane/wrote “A Love Supreme,” all he had to do was stargaze.

The Sympathy Orchestra

Conduct yourself with vigilance;/play your own instrument;

When Hakuna Matata Became a Phrase in English

The next time Hemingway would again consider Africa as a travel destination was in 1954. He came accompanied by his fourth and last wife, Mary, with the intention to explore Belgian Congo, Uganda, and Kenya.

commonwealth primer for the children of empire

commonwealth/common wealth/common weal/commonstealth/common steal

Control, prosecute, sanction

Xenophobia is naturalized,/rational,/no need for Le Pen,/Macron is in charge,/Darmanin is on the clock.