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Installation #9

Good Things Come In Twos This year, all I want for Father’s Day is a nice twelve hour nap. No cards. No fancy dinners. And definitely no telephone calls. When I wake up, I’ll go through my file cabinet and take out some folders. Skip through some photos of my daughter and let silence fill … Continue reading


Installation # 8

Looking at all of the mixed kids today, one would never guess that back in the day, we kids were an oddity.  I was born in Cambridge, Maryland in 1969 to a married black woman and a married white man.  Needless to say, they kept their relationship under wraps.  Neither of them were happy in … Continue reading

Fixing Daddy, #7

Fixing Daddy He tips to the thermostat, adjusts it to heat the house before she awakens, decides what to make for the first of four meals he’ll prepare that day. An alarm only he can hear summons, and he’s by her bed, rolling the insulin vial between his hands like a lemon, warming the clear … Continue reading

Father Forgive Me, installation #6

“Father forgive me, we got some issues.”- Jay Z             It was a few days after my father’s 50th birthday, and I still struggled with what it meant to call the man who’s name I carry dad.  I climbed into the dust and cracks of my black leather seat and headed to his apartment. The … Continue reading

Installation #5

The Dream the Dreamers Dreamed We require many role models in this work of poetry, in this work of bringing poetry into the public square, where it might challenge, comfort, disturb, imagine; where it might make a better America.   As a role model, I choose Langston Hughes, father figure, inspiration, muse.   Why do … Continue reading

Installation #4

My father has many sayings.  For example, when my siblings and I were growing up, he rarely allowed us to watch TV, but when he caught us watching something he would always say the same thing:  “Why are you watching the TV?  Instead of watching the TV, you should go to your room and study … Continue reading