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Brenda Marie Osbey

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Brenda Marie Osbey

Brenda Marie Osbey is the author of six books, including All Souls: Essential Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 2015) and History and Other Poems (Time Being Books, 2013). She is the recipient of the 2014 Langston Hughes Award and a 2018 fellow of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Osbey served as Louisiana's state poet laureate from 2005 to 2007 and is a native of New Orleans. 

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Pauline Opango Onosamba Lumumba 1937–2014


When it is finally ours...this beautiful
and terrible thing...

—“Frederick Douglass” by Robert Hayden


we like to imagine that liberation comes in the natural order of