Hope for Archie Shepp by Grant Guy

Hope

come & blow your attica blues horn
loud 7 clear out of the worldwide sea of fire music

we    the people
we can hear him
his voice knows my ear     knows our ear
for all the mis/fortune of our humanness for
for days gone    days to come
eons & light years away 

he wails from rooftops
he wails from street corners
he wails wherever a heart pains

where a heart dances on steam

his urban folk music 
for voice for the people
       by the people
       of the people
speaks for all of us 
        universal
he speaks to Malcolm X
he speaks for me
       
       It is our genuine voice

his voice is heard
he wails from rooftops
he wails from street corners
he wails wherever a heart pains

where a heart dances on steam

his voice wails out anger
his voice wails out impatient
his voice wails out hope

i hear your voice 
wherever june bugs go

My origins in art derive from theatre. Theatre is a story telling medium of the human condition. It may be hyper realism or absurd but it is of stories of the human experience. As my career moved from playwriting to prose and poetry I remain committed to the human experience.From the front jacket of the collection of short stores The Naked City by Sterling Silliphant – where a crime of violence and an act of infinite tenderness can occur seconds apart . . . In many respects that is what I am attempting to do with my poems and stories. I am interested in our individual humanity in a harsh and sometimes comical environ. I believe, if there is a god, god is a prankster. How else do we explain genitalia and Donald Trump. Grant Guy is a Winnipeg, Canada, poet, writer and playwright. Former artistic director of Adhere + Deny. His writings have been published in Canada, the United States, Wales, India and England. He has three books published. He was the 2004 recipient of the MAC’s 2004 Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the WAC’s Making A Difference Award.

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