NYU Black Renaissance Noire Fall 2013 - Page 120

Epistles to an Incarcerated Woman — Letters to Lxxxx I 118 Ever since 911 airports are more inconvenience than luxury. These days I would rather take a train over a plane. However, the train is not an option going to Kansas City, MO from West Haven, CT. Along with the poets John Murillo, Reginald Dwayne Betts and Marcus Jackson, I help form The Symphony: The House that Etheridge Built. Etheridge Knight has deeply influenced our poetic imagination, and his themes of love and location appear throughout our individual writings. This weekend we are conducting a workshop and reading at Park University. Not more than six months ago we were at the University of South Carolina to do a reading and workshop at a juvenile detention center with 300 young men. Park University is using us four poets as a recruiting tool because, for starters, we are appea ?[????Y?Z\?]?X??X?\??XY[???\?Y\?H???????[?H?][?[???X]]?H?][???Y[??X????H?Y?[????]?\??]\????]\??^HZ[??^K??H[H[?H???\??Y?]????H?YHH?\??HHXY?ZY???^H??[\??[?[???[??H[?^H?[]?XZ????\???HXZ[??X\????Z[??]?H??Y?Y[?H[??YB???^???\?Y[???X??[?\???????[YH?[??]YY^?HH\????&\???Z[??????Q?S L? L?[?? LN??[?[]\???[??[?H[?H[K???[?H?\?X\??[??^H ? ?]?S?B?[?[?K?HY?]\??Y??????\???\][??H?YK^YX\??\????[?[??K??X?[YH^H???\????Y[?]?S?H?X?]\?H?H[?\?????[?H??[?[?X??H?]]?\?Z?B???\??HH?Z[??H?Z[?[ ?Y?\???YX]Y?H?]\??Y?X????]?[???]H???[?YH\??YY\?[??YX]H????]ZX[???Y?K?????YZ???Y??HH?\??XY??[??\??]K8?&\???Y[??[??[???HYH\??Y[?\??\?Y ???]?HH??Y[?H?YH]?\[?\???H?\??Z[[??K[??[?^B???YH?\?H]]?]Y\???[?????[??????Z[?H[?\???Y[?8?&\??Z]?\?K??\?Z?H] [?[?[??[? ?\??X??[??YH?^???\?H[????X???H]?H?Y[????\??[??XH[XZ[ [?H?[??H[XY?[?HB??Y?X\?K?\?\?[XZ[[???YY?YH?H?X?Z]?YH??H?^H?]?\??&\?X?[??H[??\?H?[?H\??Y???YH?\?]\????N????B???S?S?????H?[?[ ?H??H??H?[?\?Y[?Y?X?][?\???Y? [??????[?[??] ?H?[?]?B?]?\?[?^K?x?&]?H?Y[?[??[??X??][?H[?[?\?????H?H]???[??[ ?x?&]?H?Y[??XY[??[?]]????&\??[YH\??[Y???XH???\??H?X[HZ?B?\??[K?]?H[?H]?\?X\??\??H??^H[??????\??????[???XY[H??]ZX???H?\?HYZ?[??^H[YH?][K?H?XY?]]?H???Y?Z[??H?H?H[??\??[?B??]??\????????\?Y[???H^X???[??H\?[ L? ?[H?????]?HB???[[??XY???X?K[?H\????&\??[[??]?\?H??Y??\?\?H??[B??Y?\?[???]\??\?Z\??[?[?Y?K??H?\?Y?\??H??Y[?\?HY?^B??]??]^H?\?H[?\??????[?Y?^HYH[????[?^H?]??] ???H?[HY[?[???\???YK???]?[?YK?YXKH]?H?X[\??X??\?[?H[?H?[??^H??[????Y[??\?K?X?]\?H]?Y[\?Z?HH??[B???Y?X[Z[??H??[YHY??Z]\???[?^H?]Y?Z\??\???Y?Y?Z\??\???[ ?]XYHYH??\??X??]??Y[?[??H?H[??????[Y]?[??[??\??[?\??[?Y?H?Y[\???]??Y? ??[?]8?&\??\?X\?Y\???]??H[?]?H^H?^H?[\H?\??]?[???[??X[H???Y][???]\?[??X?X[H??Y?\?] ?\?H\???Y][????Y[?[H[??\?]X[H?]?XX??H?\?[?\?K[?[\[?\??B??[??&]^Z[??]x?&[H?Z[????Y?\?H]??]]?\?Y^K?\?H?]H?[?[??^B??[[Z[???]?H?\?H?Y???Z\???]\?K?^H?Y[H?[??]Y?^B???[?YH\?\?H?[?^H\?H??^K??H????^[?\?H?[????Y][Y\?]?[???^[?\?Y?H?X?]\?HH???\?x?&\?[?H?] ???Y][??[??YHYH?[Y]?\]\??[??&]???X?H?H] ?X^X?Hx?&[HB???????[?X[Z[???]H?[?[]?x?&[H[]?K?\?H??Y[???&]?Y[H[]?B??YK[?HZ?H[\H??[??[?[???H?[][?H????[?[?H?]\??Y ???\? ???K?L??L? L??SB??