beat week poetry II

For Etheridge Knight

I love your poems’ cuss words:
sparse, efficient, precise –
though I know Mrs. Coley
would never include your work
in her black lit anthologies –

English teachers of our youth
detested cuss words about as much
as today’s teachers hate wikipedia,
as much as librarians despise google –

but i encourage students to use
whatever works for them, expresses
their needs, their dreams, their realities –

I want to read Dark Symphony tonight,
and laugh and hide inside the lines.


Author: Raymond Maxwell Librarian, archivist, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

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