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  • Good afternoon everyone. Your eyes are not deceiving you; we are officially back. I can't believe it's been nearly six years since the site has been updated. With that I'm glad to be able to introduce a few new poets, an have more poems that have been penned by famous writers of the past and present. First up we have James Weldon Johnson; My City, Sence you went away, Deep in the Quiet Wood, Beauty That is Never Old, and Down By the Carib Sea (VI: Sunset in the Tropics). Some say without this brother there would have never been a Harlem Renaissance. Then there is Elizabeth Alexander; Stray, Toomer, Tending, Equinox, The African Picnic, Praise Song for the Day, Ars Poetica #1,002: Rally, and One Week Later in the Strange. She is one of the current poets who is keeping this beautiful art form alive. The sister is also a professor at Columbia University. Can't forget about Yusef Komunyakaa, as one needs only to be inspired to continue on the path of greatness; Thanks, Jasmine, Blue Dementia, Cape Coast Castle, and The Body Remembers. I'm honored to introduce a 'new' poet to all. My dear poetic sister Kency Desmangles kindly sent 10 poems our way; Mother, Do you, This time, Genevieve, Sometimes, Lies you told., "Sweetchokola", I used to be young, When a woman love, and This is not goodbye.. Do enjoy reading over her work. Also, sister Nena Soldaat has 5 poems all can intake; Imagine, Emmett Till, Turners Mob, Brothers Blood, and Girl With The Fro... This famous poet needs no introduction, Afaa M. Weaver poems continue to touch the lives of many; Flux, Rambling, My Father's Geography, Losing the 440-Yard Dash, and Climbing China's Great Wall. The brother is a writer, editor, and like his peers have won numerous awards within the literature genre. Jean Toomer is another Harlem Renaissance poet whose life story could be made into a movie. The talented novelist seems to have never come to terms with his blackness. JT poetry; Banking Coal, Storm Ending, Seventh Street, Song of the Son, and November Cotton Flower. New Orleans born writer Bob Kaufman isn't as well-known as his peers, but poetry he has written speaks for itself; Believe, Believe, Walking Parker Home, A Terror is More Certain . . ., [THE NIGHT THAT LORCA COMES], and O-Jazz-O War Memoir: Jazz, Don't Listen To It At Your Own Risk...

    Let me take this moment, to let all know why the site was abandoned per se. To be honest, I was burnt out, and kind of lost my love for this art-form. Many of you may not have known the site was created when I was a young man. Now 20 years later, I'm one of those middle age brothers. Lol, I also kind of fell in love with blogging. Right now, have 4 blogs which I maintain and update on a daily/weekly basis. Enough of that, and more poetry for all. Sonia Sanchez is one of my favorite poets, as I would rank her up there alongside Maya Angelou. She has definitely uplifted a generation of writers. SS poems; 14 haiku, Sonku [what i want], For Sister Gwen Brooks, This Is Not a Small Voice, and Blues Haiku [let me be yo wil]Marilyn Nelson who is also a children's book author, has been under the radar for years, honored to post more of her work; 1905, Crows, Weir Farm, and Octopus Empire... There is also a new poetess who goes by the name Emma Joan ; I Am., ...Cycle, Repressed, The Last Time, and Can You See Me?. I do encourage all, write, and write more. Never abandon poetry my friend. Always nice to see brothers sending poems our way. Geoffrey Watts like many, have patiently waited for his poetry to go live; Adulation, Never Too Late, Tired of My Own, In Spirit You Live in Me, Take a Stand Black Man, and The La La song (Dedicated to the memory of Katrina). Writer Robert Wilson-Cruse also has a few pieces, one can read over; Fed Up, The Ring, Why I Write, Southern Belle, and Will I Ever Love Again.

    On a serious note, I want to encourage all to stay safe during this coronavirus saga and do wear a mask while in public. Do your part as a human being as we continue to fight this virus. Hope a vaccine is found sooner than later. Let's now get back to poetry. -Smile- Well Journalist Gwendolyn Bennett is one of the many black women who thrived during the Harlem Renaissance. GB poems; Song, Secret, Quatrains, To Usward, and Lines Written at the Grave of Alexandre Dumas... Derek Walcott who is an islander from St. Lucia carved out a name within the literature world; Fame, The Fist, Sea Grapes, Love After Love, Map of the New World, Bleecker Street, Summer, A Lesson for This Sunday, and The Season of Phantasmal Peace. You will see, his words will dance before your eyes. Another favorite of mine is Gwendolyn Brooks, who actually got to meet and interact with the legendary poet Langston Hughes. One can only imagine what type of conversation the two had; truth, Young Afrikans, Boy Breaking Glass, Jessie Mitchell's Mother, and The Life of Lincoln West... Mrs. Brooks like so many poets of her time, also taught at a few colleges, over the years. Sister Ai like many have moved on from this world, but her poetry will be here forever; Killing Floor, Passing Through, Guadalajara Cemetery, She Didn't Even Wave, and Talking to His Reflection in a Shallow Pond. As avid fans of this art form, we need to show more love toward our elders. I for one am trying to do my part by posting their poetry. We also have more poems by Harryette Mullen, who is currently a professor at University of Cal... HM poetry; Black Nikes, [Kills bugs dead.], From Tanka Diary, [Of a girl, in white], We Are Not Responsible, [it's rank it cranks you up], Sleeping with the Dictionary, [go on sister sing your song], Page 5 / sun goes on shining, and Muse & Drudge [why these blues come from us].

    Just thinking to myself, many of you have been visiting this site for years. If you don't mind me asking, what keeps you coming back? Also, if not already what has stopped you from sending us poems? -Smile- Are there any former poetry board members who still check in? Who knows, we may decide to bring back our online community. At this time, social networks seem to be the "it" thing. So do feel free to join us over on Facebook. I went ahead and created a new fanpage, so yes starting from scratch again; MrAfrica Poetry Lounge - Fanpage (-----

    Getting closer to wrapping this update up, but there are a few more poets. Christian Starr has some poems, and this talented sister also helps out with my blogs. She happens to be the 'Editor' and I'm so glad we connected a few years back; He, We, Vexed, Shoes, Walking, Patience, My Spirit, The Water, Creole Queen, and Will You Fight 4 me... Poet/Professor Rita Dove has released quite a few poetry books over the years, and in even 2020 her poetry resonate with the masses; Vacation, Heart to Heart, American Smooth, and Borderline Mambo.. Some would argue Paul Laurence Dunbar is the greatest black poet ever, and if you read over his work, most likely would agree. More poems by this great writer; Absence, The Debt, The Mystery, Night of Love, and Little Brown BabyCornelius Eady is cofounder of Cave Canem. A nonprofit literary service organization whom over the years has enriched the lives of African American poets. Feel free to check out more of this brother poetry; Manchild, Nina's Blues, I'm a Fool to Love You, The Cab Driver Who Ripped Me Off, Money Won't Change It (but time will take you on), and Photo of Miles Davis at Lennies-on-the-Turnpike, 1968. The last poet, or shall I say poetess, is JW Bella who also is a teacher has been writing for years. The sister recently self-published a book entitled; "The Slip Under My Church Dress". Let's support our Authors!! JW poems; Lotus, Cloudy, Shame, Veracity, River-ish, Lula Farris, Untitled Blessings, America's Prodigal, Bruised Strawberry, and Life's Featured Attraction..

    At last, '23' poets, and nearly 130 poems are live. I do know life happens but it's great to be able to dance with poetry again. Also, I'm calling upon all poets to submit a few pieces (at least 5 poems). Join this ever growing poetic family!! It's hard to believe, we started on Angelfire.com free servers only to later move to Ctadams domain. If would like to just say hello to me, do know my contact info is MyPoems@Ctadams.com. Until then, look for us to give this place a facelift, and most likely add a 'Spoken word' section. Have a lovely day. Mr. Africa - September 5, 2020

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