in sAndpaper socks
put Your hair into the earth
go iNto the dark meat of a crocodile
spitting across syncopating roachEs into
buttoCks of vibrating nostrils
we can invent new bOnes
a village libating like niagaRa falls
an armpiT of inflammable explosives
hEad units and gyrating limbs parading
3 thoughts on “In Memory of Jayne Cortez (1936-2012)”
“Ms. Cortez’s work was beyond category by virtue of embodying so many categories simultaneously: written verse, African and African-American oral tradition, the discourse of political protest, and jazz and blues. Meant for the ear even more than for the eye, her words combine a hurtling immediacy with an incantatory orality.”
this is wonderful and so in the tradition to her work. Thank you!
Much appreciated, Latasha!