April 23, 2008 New York Public Library, Mulberry Branch From the Academy Audio Archive

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A. B. Spellman is the author of From Things I Must Have Known (Coffee House Press, 2008). 

When Black People Are

A. B. Spellman

 

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A. B. Spellman

A. B. Spellman is the author of From Things I Must Have Known (Coffee House Press, 2008). 

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i will die in havana in a hurricane
it will be morning, i'll be facing southwest
away from the gulf, away from the storm 
away from home, looking to the virid hills 
of matanzas where the orisha rise, lifted 
by congueros in masks of iron, bongoseros 
in masks of water, timbaleros in masks of fire
by all the