Etheridge Knight
The Violent Space (Or When Your Sister Sleeps Around For Money) by Etheridge Knight

The Violent Space (Or When Your Sister Sleeps Around For Money) by Etheridge Knight

Exchange in greed the ungraceful signs. ThrustThe thick notes between green apple breasts.Then the shadow of the devil descends,The violent space cries and angel eyes,Large and ...

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He Sees Through Stone by Etheridge Knight

He Sees Through Stone by Etheridge Knight

He sees through stonehe has the secreteyes this old black onewho under prison skiessits pressed by the sunagainst the western wallhis pipe between purple gumsthe years falllike ...

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The Idea Of Ancestry by Etheridge Knight

The Idea Of Ancestry by Etheridge Knight

Taped to the wall of my cell are 47 pictures: 47 blackfaces: my father, mother, grandmothers (1 dead), grand-fathers (both dead), brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts,cousins (1st and ...

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Vigo County by Etheridge Knight

Vigo County by Etheridge Knight

Beyond the brown hillAbove the silent cedars, Blackbirds flee the April rains.

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A Poem For Myself by Etheridge Knight

A Poem For Myself by Etheridge Knight

I was born in Mississippi; I walked barefooted thru the mud.Born black in Mississippi, Walked barefooted thru the mud.But, when I reached the age of twelveI left that place for ...

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Cell Song by Etheridge Knight

Cell Song by Etheridge Knight

Night Music Slanted Light strike the cave of sleep. I alone tread the red circle and twist the space with speech Come now, etheridge, don't be a savior; take your words and scrape ...

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As You Leave Me by Etheridge Knight

As You Leave Me by Etheridge Knight

Shiny record albums scattered overthe living room floor, reflecting lightfrom the lamp, sharp reflections that hurtmy eyes as I watch you, squatting among the platters, the beer ...

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