Muse & Drudge [why these blues come from us]
why these blues come from us threadbare material soils the original colored pregnant with heavenly spirit stop running from the gift slow down to catch up with it knots mend the string quilt of kente stripped when kin split white covers of black material dense fabric that obeys its own logic shadows pieced together tears and all unfurling sheets of bluish music burning cloth in a public place a crime against the state raised the cost of free expression smoke rose to offer a blessing
From Muse & Drudge. Copyright ©2006 by Harryette Mullene. Used with permission of Graywolf Press.
Harryette Mullen's work is driven by wordplay, allusion, and popular cliche, and is centered in a larger tradition of African American writing.
Date Published: 2006-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/muse-drudge-why-these-blues-come-us