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Typing in the Dark
by S. Pearl Sharp

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    Format: Hardcover
    Classification: Poetry
    ISBN13: 9780863163005
    Imprint: The Harlem River Press
    Publisher: Writers and Readers Publishing
    Parent Company: Writers and Readers Publishing, Inc.
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    Book Description:

    Sharp’s fourth published volume of poetry includes photographs by Calvin R. Hicks, Nathaniel Bellamy, Gerald Cyrus, Adele Hodge, and Sharp. Cover photo by Calvin R. Hicks.

    We Still Write Love Poems

    We still write love poems
    because in the deepest

    most resonant part

    of our collective spirit

    We won’t let love

    be taken away from us.

    because it keeps hate
    from getting out of hand
    because We have
    tenure in forgiveness
    and tenderness
    as plentiful as mornings.
    so pin a poem to the lynching tree
    dance a dance for the spirits at sea

    give honor to the tribes of Surinam
    sound the horn for the Bloods of ‘Nam

    beat the drum for Amistad
    blow the sax for Soledad

    ring the bell for the Black Star Line
    create a praisesong for the Little Rock 9

    write rhyme for the daughters of Birmingham
    make word dance on the graves of Klan

    haiku for the minds that went away
    sing the song for Marvin Gaye
    stomp down strong for Soweto
    throw the bones for old Jim Crow

    lay hands on Boston and Bensonhurst
    chant a chant for democracy’s curse

    juba back the pain, the fear
    record the way of our survival here

    We still write love poems
    because it heals us
    coming slow in the day
    or late in the life
    bandaging pain and absence

    because love is the ground on which
    our soul dances
    the breath of the womb
    the silence hovering over the grave
    We still write love poems

    —S. Pearl Sharp



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