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A Lucent Fire: New & Selected Poems
Each of us turns to the hunger of stars
On canvas, they laugh like children.
In the poem she divides the world into two parts – James Brown’s world the Soul Nation, and the world that oppresses, the Soul Less Nation.
The poem is packed with compelling moments: the power of the African American Woman, cultural changes that allowed an African American Man to be President, and finally, an anthem dedicated to all the artists Jones wrote about in this collection – though many are now dead – it is because of them this moment in “Wearing Mr. Song” is now a reality. And last but not least we are an America in need of change, capable of change, and will change for the betterment of all humanity.
Attributed to Janet Goldner
Attributed to Rachel Eliza Griffiths
Patricia Spears Jones, second from left, participating in a poetry reading in 1977.
Attributed to Richard E. Powell
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Both performing in Hamburg, Germany - Blige in 2000s and Brown in the 1970s