poetry Now listen
By Kathy Engel
(On the occasion of the rescinding of the Fred Shuttleworth
Award to Angela Davis by The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute)
I am a white
I’ve seen uprooted
in a fenced village
names as anthem
you can’t rescind
of the gods
you can’t un
The name Angela means messenger of the Gods.
Appreciation to Cornelius Eady for his repeating line:
“I am a black American poet” from his poem “Gratitude”
Kathy Engel has worked for nearly 40 years at the nexus between social justice movements and art/imagination. Books include “Ruth’s Skirts,” poems and prose, IKON, 2007, “We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon,” co- edited with Kamal Boullata (Interlink Books, 2007), “The Kitchen” with art by German Perez (Yaboa Press, 2002) and the chapbook, “Banish The Tentative” (1989). Her book of poems, The Lost Brother Alphabet, will be published by Get Fresh Books in 2020.