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Black Men Are Precious
by E. Ethelbert Miller

    Publication Date: Sep 30, 2022
    List Price: Unavailable
    Format: Album
    Classification: Fiction
    Imprint: To Be Determined
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    Album Description:

    2022 Grammy Nomination: Best Spoken Poetry Album

    Featuring 11 Poems, 18 MINUTES

    Track List

    • Track 1: Black Men are Precious (2:04)
    • Track 2: Jazz and Sex Education (1:.20)
    • Track 3: Crossing the Line (1:14)
    • Track 4: Hell’s Kitchen (1:07)
    • Track 5: Einstein (1:08)
    • Track 6: Letting Go (1:44)
    • Track 7: Suddenly (1:48)
    • Track 8: Ken Griffey Sr. (1:21)
    • Track 9: Every Buddhist is a Baseball Player (1:32
    • Track 10: Death of a Ball Player in 9 Innings (3:36)
    • Track 11: Devine Love (1:23)

    “Black Men Are Precious” © 2022 E. Ethelbert Miller

    Black men, black friends having strokes.
    Black men younger than me.
    Good men with bad hearts.
    Men who did not follow
    their fathers into factories or the post-office.
    Black men who went off to college
    and pulled themselves up by degrees.
    Men who did not sink into despair
    but lifted their families into new homes.
    Black men who survived the bullets, streets
    and police. Black men who saw the horizon
    and the stars. They marched as if Garvey
    held out his hand not to Ethiopia but to our
    hearts. Black hearts now failing for unknown
    reasons. Why? Why do we die so young?
    Why are we not like our grandfathers sitting
    on the porch rocking away the years? Why
    are we not the black men returning from
    the wars and lifting our girlfriends up into
    wives again? Why do we date this early
    death? After all the exercise and pills, after
    the changing diet why is there such a cruel
    hunger that appears and takes our years?
    Black men, my friends resting in their
    open coffins waiting for someone to sing
    “Precious Lord” and take their hand. Black
    hands closing with so much love still left
    to give.