NYU Black Renaissance Noire Spring 2015 - Page 124

By HENRY DUMAS FROM JACKHAMMER I 122 The jackjack backing back and stacking stone city-stone into cracked hydraulic echoes of dust this jackjack hammering down the industrial crust this jackjack is a man I see the long historical chord pumping the man this jackjack in the city groin pumping the man down the man I see is a man long back before the jack hammering down himself in the black sweat under the steam locomotion stammering under the weight of his blow the man I see long before the jackjack on the concrete long before the blackman spent himself in the womb of time hiding in the earth long before the blackman struck BRN-SPRING-2015.indb 122 3/29/15 11:42 AM