Thursday, July 19, 2007

Sekou Sundiata

"The Sound and the Memory," by Sekou Sundiata

During a reading and talk at Louis Reyes Rivera's workshop series at Sista's Place in Brooklyn, Sekou himself told me about a Lorca quote included in the above poem. It has remained with me as a personal mantra: Everything in the dream is the dreamer. He closed a FOUR HOUR set with that poem, and was kind enough to acknowledge me in the audience at that particular line. It meant the world to me. He was one of three poets that could hold me with every word in every poem he did. I will miss his voice, and I regret not writing to him earlier.

Sekou Sundiata passed away early this morning. His work will be, must be, immortalized.

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