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{SPEAKER name="Eugene B. Redmond"}
Gwendolyn Brooks still writing. You have a Jay Wrights still writing. You have a Mari Evans, a Julia Feels[?], a June Jordan, the "Things I do in the Dark" she was the title of her latest book still writing.

You have younger writers like E Ethelbert Miller at Howard University. You have a Jodi Braxton, "Sometimes I Think of Maryland" is the name of her book. You have a fine young women poet named Elouise Loftin, "Jumbish" naming one of her works.

We have literally developed the idea to the point the idea of a black writer to the point that little children are beginning to think more naturally about writing as a career about being a poet.

When I was a child, black and poet didn't go together, they rarely went together and historically the words black and poet

{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}
Or black and writer

{SPEAKER name="Eugene B. Redmond"}
Or black and writer have not gone together, you know, have not been a comfortable thing. Now, they have always been there because black people have always gone and heard the poet in church,

the poet in the blues hall,

the poet in the barber shop,

the poet in the beauty shop,

the poet in the pool room,

the poet on the corner,

the poet in the corn field

{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}
The poets everywhere

{SPEAKER name="Eugene B. Redmond"}
The poet driving spikes, you know right driving cabs, but in the packing house, you know, slaughtering hogs, but we had to spell it out so that,

they Grio-poet, oral historian all the same, they are all the same.


{SPEAKER name="Brooks B. Robinson"}
I Can Never Unlove You

To not want is to not exist

It is to be de-minded

It is to be disembodied

Is to be dis-impersoned

and float like an apparition

Into the none where

Into the grey whim of limbo

And that is why I can never unlove you

Why I can never disemantle

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