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Blaze white pages with type’s singeing soot! (To picture her, stonecutters carve fire! ) But hear her speak, as always, for herself: “Call me mean, call me spiteful— because my hands bracket my hips. Call me stuck-up, call me miserable, because I don’t smile on the foolish. “Am I not chromatically dramatic— my Cathay eyes glinting like chrome? Am I not sultry, lustrous, and luscious? ” 40 illuminated verses III—Poetry Madame Zajj was first Zeferina— a Yoruban warrior weighted down by Slavery’s shadows.

Take green tea iced tea, then green tea ice cream. ” I’ll ink you a bossa nova that drones like a dream, I mean, a samba limbo coloured by Motown and Stax— Sugar Blue, James Brown, Al Green, Barry White: It’ll sound like Naima purred by John Coltrane’s sax. Ms. Mocha Immaculate, you articulate our aches: The gilded elegance of your guiltless eloquence glints, Setting fire to paper and to the poets paper makes. Song goes mad beside you, when I’m beside you, in bed, And we mesh like two sunbeams pollinating blossoms.

Fate acts, Signs pacts; You relax; let night wax; Bards blow sax; Priests face facts; Loving a Black Madonna. No-chance Romance, Choked by distance / Circumstance, Nuns enhance. Let’s slow dance. I love a Black Madonna. * 46 illuminated verses Dub Her songs mimic henna—a dusky gold, Hinting of honeyed abysses, chasms Of molasses and cream, where words unfold Chocolate-serenaded, jazz-forged orgasms: “You, you, you, you”— “I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I, I”— “Please…. Please…. Please…. Please…. Please….

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