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avery r. young: local wordsmith publishes opus on facebook

Avery R. Young, local Chicago wordsmith, educator, personality, and friend of darkjive, is in the midst of publishing a series of thirty works (some poetry, some script treatments, and some more visual pieces) in the form of facebook notes.  The work plays with notions of language, blackness, and the canon of African-American pop culture as only he can.  Check it out a sample below, and jive on.

3/30

poem fo angela

               or losin man-weight

i been tryin not to drink

cocacolaclassic.  de logo

blood on paper.  bold

in de   land of cullud fountains

(woolworth’s beverage of choice).

i been tryin

to try water.  no bubbles

or lemon.  just one part

air.  ery other part

begins wif hi.

i been tryin not to keep

erything away from yo judgment.

u so big mama

sometimes.  make a big

brother baby.

i been tryin to turn

pride into purple

& wet.  sweet

like grape drink

& cocoa

puff milk after de brown

been crunched away.

u so cod liver oil.

so cocoacolaclassic.

so mo pounds

gainst my bone.

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