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A Poem for Lesley-Ann by Ayun

Say It Loud! Poetry Collective (from left to right: Brown, Qwin, Ayun, Teju, Sabita, Zanubia & Julia)

To think of smiling as
a simple act of stretching ones mouth
so as to show contentment
that releases the drawn in lines
of a frown that was etched onto your brow
is never enough.

Life drew the lines on your face,
with each bout of sorrow
and of joy,
that lights up the brown
of your dark face.
And the dark face that hosts solemn eyes
what the world has determined you would be.
You carry an eternity of sorrows,
and still you laugh
Like the old black people
from the country I am from,

From deep within your chest,
the echoes of that forgotten time,
from before you were born but existed
roll out from your belly
and form a sound
of dry branches beating against each other
on warm days where the wind blows
and whispers all our names.

You can never only smile.
There is, always, too much
in a smile that remembers,
the perfect and the worst.

So when you smile,
and the smile rests comfortably
in you dark face,

remember, always,
that the sound of branches
beating against each other
on warm days,
escapes from your mouth.

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Faith Ringgold: The Ancestors Came

From Youtube: Cecile Emeke’s film celebrates the life of artist and writer Faith Ringgold and the influence of her childhood in Harlem on her work.Faith Ringgold’s posters All Power to the People (1970) and United States of Attica (1971-2) are currently on display in the Tate Modern exhibition Soul of A Nation: Art in the Name of Black Power.

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I'm rooted in Brooklyn (Flatbush Ave) & Trinidad & Tobago & the whole world. I've lived in Trinidad, Brooklyn, New York City, Maui and now Copenhagen. I have over 18 years of writing and NYC Publishing experience.My writing has appeared in the Source, Vibe Magazine and a few anthologies, including "Expat:Women's True Tales of Life Abroad" & "In Defense of Mumia". I've interviewed Daddy-O;Savion Glover; Kara Walker; Gary Simmons;Lady Saw and Paul Beatty among others. I have read my work throughout NYC and Copenhagen and was invited as a guest performer for Women in Film and Television's 2007 Award Ceremony. I also translate from Danish to English and have translated for the award-winning documentary Enemies of Happiness and have published here in Denmark as well. I am currently working on too many things to mention, not least of all, my life.
BA in Writing & Literature, The New School, NYC
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Caribbean History and Indigenous Cultures the world over. Pre-colonial and Post-colonial.
Published in various anthologies, journals, magazines and newspapers.
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Bureau 39--Call for Submissions

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Posted on June 23, 2008 at 3:41pm

The Mothers of Memory--Chapter 3

Years before the stumbling upon the so-called New World the Portuguese had already penetrated the Western coast of Africa to bring home gold dust, strange fruits and African slaves. They beat back the bush like a lion tamer with a whip and leave but nothingness in their wake. They conduct business with others who can not fathom the destiny of this trade. In this continent that is called Africa, humanity’s vanity falls to its knees in the presence of alien creations and lives are exchanged… Continue

Posted on April 6, 2008 at 5:00pm

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At 7:42pm on November 28, 2010, Melinda Maxwell-Gibb gave Lesley-Ann Brown a gift
At 12:25am on September 26, 2008, Miguel Sobaoko Koromo Sague said…
This is the sacred song of Ata bey the Cosmic matriarch Earth mother and water mother

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Song of Yoka Hu the celestial father spirit, the spirit of Life and Energy, the spirit of the Sun and the soul of the yuca plant

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Song dedicated to the spirits of the four directions South, West, North and East

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Song dedicated to the fact that the menstrual cycle that manifests in the body of human women is reflected in the monthly lunar cycle of the Cosmic Mother

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At 9:06pm on September 24, 2008, raiseculture said…

rooster clan visiting from next door (Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, BAHAMAS)

yes1, ...we've met b4 & i think it was in philly, maybe from pam africa. wonderful 2 c u here! holla@ me.

At 6:58am on August 14, 2008, SunBow said…
I watched the video you added and very interesting indeed I rearly get to speak much with people like your self so I would like to add you as a friend lesley-ann

take care & be cool drew
At 7:33pm on August 2, 2008, oronde ash said…
i will look for the publishing book when i get some money... i'm starving right now... brutal truth.
At 6:57pm on August 1, 2008, Caracoli said…
Please tell us of your experiences with the drink "Maubi"
on the environmental round table. we love to hear your comments
At 12:12am on July 31, 2008, Maximilian Forte said…
Where are you my friend? I am still hoping to get news of your trip, and to talk over some plans we had with Guanaguanare, slow to evolve of course, like the best things.
At 12:31pm on July 30, 2008, Caracoli said…
Thanks for clarifying, great video
At 7:05pm on May 18, 2008, Melinda Maxwell-Gibb said…
Hi lesley-ann. I've survived my PhD comprehensive exams and am ready to once again join the land of the shadow walkers. let's talk poetry. wa do. melinda
At 8:12am on May 18, 2008, oronde ash said…
got skype.


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