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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."
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.

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
in the night
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
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."
gonna spread out
over America
my proud blackness
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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