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Juan Felipe Herrera becomes first Mexican American U.S. poet laureate
“The times now seem to be evolving with voices of color,” the 66-year-old son of migrant farmworkers said.
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“I’m here to encourage others to speak,” he said, “to speak out and speak up and write with their voices and their family stories and their sense of humor and their deep concerns and their way of speaking their own languages. I want to encourage people to do that with this amazing medium called poetry.”

Algy perched on one of his favourite rocks, and gazed at the hills, the sea and the sky. The colours were still beautiful, but the sun was much lower in the sky now, and the wind had a bitter edge to it. Algy knew that summer was over for this year, and he remembered a poem by a famous American poet:

          An agitation of the air,
          A perturbation of the light
          Admonished me the unloved year
          Would turn on its hinge that night.
 
          I stood in the disenchanted field
          Amid the stubble and the stones,
          Amazed, while a small worm lisped to me
          The song of my marrow-bones.
 
          Blue poured into summer blue,
          A hawk broke from his cloudless tower,
          The roof of the silo blazed, and I knew
          That part of my life was over.
 
          Already the iron door of the north
          Clangs open: birds, leaves, snows
          Order their populations forth,
          And a cruel wind blows.

[Algy is quoting the poem End of Summer by the 20th century American Poet Laureate, Stanley Kunitz.]

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BREAKING NEWS: Poet Maya Angelou dead at 86

Maya Angelou dead at 86

Author, Poet Maya Angelou dead at 86

Renowned poet, author Maya Angelou dead at 86

Dr. Maya Angelou dead: Celebrated author, poet - dead at 86

Maya Angelou Dead – American Poet Laureate dead at 86

It has been reported that Dr. Maya Angelou has transitioned to the ancestors. It makes me uncomfortable; all the news reports that say “Maya Angelou dead at 86.” Perhaps, I am uneasy because in my mind, this is a lie. The truth is, she will never be “dead at” anything. Any being who lived and thrived given the life of Marguerite Ann Johnson has long proved to have cracked the code on immortality. 

I dare say, Dr. Maya Angelou has attained an immortality reserved for fellow luminaries of her generation. Fundamentally, artists never die. We live forever in the work birthed through us. However, this is only a part of the  immortality that Dr. Angelou has attained. Dr. Maya Angelou is momma- auntie-matriarch; we all know, beings who hold these titles may physically pass, but live on in the minds and hearts of generations. So, matriarch and artist make two parts immortal. However, these parts do not complete the being. Dr. Angelou has earned her third part immortal as teacher to humanity. Dr. Maya Angelou’s stated purpose has been realized, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." 

While the above message is pertinant to all beings, it rings deep for a certain group in particular. We diaspora peoples, hold Dr. Maya Angelou dear for all her parts and lessons; the most powerful to me, is authentically being in a world long poised to erase the option. Being remarkably authentic, teaching a group of people that perseverance, grace and happiness are real, attainable, and a birthright is what Dr. Angelou has done and will continue to do. 

Through her living and accounting we are acknowledged, are affirmed, and are able to excavate so much about ourselves. She is the gifted and the gift-er; we will open what she has saved for us over and over again. My daughters and yours, my sons and yours – all the new beings that burst their way into this physical plane have the blessing of her life. We have been gifted an example of how to thrive when it wasn’t meant for us to survive. What love like this could be dead at 86?  This love, exists in bounty forever family, forever. Dr. Maya Angelou in her living, showed us how to thrive. 

Now she transitions to join  what Saul Williams calls, a generation of generators. May there be more laughing with Langston, and dancing with Baldwin and Baraka; more talking and walking with Martin and Malcolm. Now, having attained all the immortality that may exist for a being of this plane, she can join our stars and examples, she can return home. Dr. Maya Angelou’s harvest will continue the work she has always existed to do - guide people into the way of love, to the way of thriving, to the way of light. Dr. Maya Angelou will never die, family - she’ll always be here. Just like she always was. 

Thank you for your life Momma Angelou, Ashe. 

Lovely Always, 

Sharea <3