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Mari Evans
(1923-____) born on
Jul 16
US poet, educator, editor. She has written several volumes of poetry and edited the critical anthology "Black Women Writers: 1950-1980."
         
   
F
Idiom is larger than geography; it is the hot breath of a people singing, slashing, explorative. Imagery becomes the magic denominator, the language of a passage, saying the ancient unchanging particulars.

R
I am a black woman
the music of my song
some sweet arpeggio of tears
is written in a minor key
and I
can be heard humming in the night
Can be heard
humming
in the night
A
If we have the Word let us
say it
If we have the Word let us
be it
If we have the Word let us
DO.
N
I try for a poetic language that says, "This is who we are, where we have been, where we are. This is where we must go. And this is what we must do."
K
I'm
gonna spread out
over America
intrude
my proud blackness
all
over the place.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "My Father's Passage," in "Black Women Writers."
R: In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.
A: "Nightstar."
N: "My Father's Passage."
K: "Viva Noir."
   


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