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And so yes grief and rage…

And so yes grief and rage…

Perspective// Posted by: Marc Bamuthi Joseph / 8 Sep 2015

Half a millennium and white supremacy replenishes itself still in this fertile ground...

Concede that the black psyche might be a ventriloquist for white aggression, a territory for transgression in these last flush days of Camelot…

Tell me of wanting one more day to get it right…

Now…

Tell me of joy in the LIVING black body and how THAT matters…

Tell me of the matter of the beating heart… The factors sacrosanct in the scars a soul carves in heaven’s palms as it walks earth in heaven’s shell… Tell me of skin the color of the other side of the stars, dark like the dawn that swallowed Sean Bell…

How different could we be if we spoke instead of our most excessive expectation…

In expectation that our highest selves will prevail…

Could we make JOY material?…

Perhaps… an arctic blast of free at last cast in the case of living JOY while black…

Marc Bamuthi Joseph
In May 2015, Marc Bamuthi Joseph premiered the “Black Joy” installation for Creative Time in New York. He is currently completing a new libretto for Opera Philadelphia while serving as Chief of Programs and Pedagogy at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. @Bamuthi