Monday, September 18, 2006

Guest poem. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Black Woman


This land I wasn't born

Janet Harvey

This land I wasn’t born
My child wasn’t born here either
So we can leave, I guess we can
Will this land search for me, for alimony

This land I wasn't born is like my lover
Who hates me, wants all I have fifty, fifty
And gives me nothing in return.
No love, or act of love,
I am not happy in this union
One sided, my lover is sucking
Me dry and slowly killing me.

With toxin, un-readable labels and secret ingredients
Mental torture, and mountain of stress
If I drive a new car police fallows me
I am black, something wrong with that
This land I wasn't born is like a lover
Taking me for all I haven’t got.

Copyright 2006 Janet Harvey

24 comments:

ivan said...

Thank you, Janet Harvey.

The last time I said anything on these matters in my blog, it was swamped, largely by U.S surfers, especially after Katrina.

Lets just see what happens.

Sela Carsen said...

Gorgeous. Evocative. Thanks, Ivan.

ivan said...

Thanks, Sela.
I let this go through pristine, kind of in dialect.
...Was thinking of suggesting a formal touch here and there, but that may have taken the force and heart out of the poem.
Janet Harvey has sent me a lot of stuff, is urging me to restart my literary magazine under my old imprint, Island Grove Press, but this I have found in the past to be very expensive--I ended up homeless after taking my rent money to cover printing costs for my old students' literary efforts.
I think it was because a lot of my students were finer poets than this old doggerel diver; I just had to get them published!
Curious that my old publishing company should be called Island Grove Press.
I do believe that Janet Harvey is an "Island" woman and I suppose that's part of the attraction.
She has sent me one poem, provisionally titled EXIT, that speared me completely, nailed down exactly where I live, in my emotions and among whom I move.
Strikes me that Ms. Harvey has a unique talent, a reggae of the heart.

ivan said...

DEAR LONG DISTANCE TECHNICAL SUIPPORT:

I have lost both my telephone connection and Internet Explorer
as well. Can't send email. Am at local library.
Someone trying to tell us something?
Reply in this space unless you can find a better way.
UnoHOO.

ivan said...

Janet,
You said you were going to send something.
Pls. send it.

Island Grove Press is collapsing.
--People are diving out of basement windows LOL.

Shesawriter said...

Ivan,

This was a treasure. Wonderful prose. The words strike a chord. Beautiful!

ivan said...

Thank you, Tanya.

I thought, in my jaded mind, that poetry was over and done with.
But there's always something new, something fresh.
...And gets you, right in the old solar plexus.

ivan said...

Note to my techie.

How difficult it is to tie shoelaces let alone technical problems if you're one of those obsessive monomaniacs who can only write and nothing else--they can't handle anything else!..OK, maybe second career as sexual acrobat, but this too, is much overrated, and largely in the writer's perfervid mind.
I have finally called Bell. They are sending a technician over. No phone; I can't read email. Gotta call Sympatico. #%#*$!!!
I have sent you a letter explaining the problem, but, hopefully it will be resolved by the weekend.
Let me know (by mail?...email if I can get it to work?) if you can make it over, say Sunday.
Cheers,
UnoHoo.

ivan said...

Note to Janet Harvey:

I have fixed your poem title to read l7-point boldface, as you had in your manuscript.
Looks better now.

Sorry about initial sloppiness in my original set-up.

We are getting mail, Janet.

Regards,

Ivan

ivan said...

Dear techie,

Lost telephone and lost internet.

Called Bell, Bell conned me into paying a $5.00 technician's fee so one would arrive any time, regardless of whether the problem was my building's wiring or old Ma Bell herself.
Colour me a sap.
Bell now says problem was at their junction box somewhere on Main Street; I had been accidentally cross-spliced with another telephone/internate connection.
They still haven't fixed the problem, but tell me maybe tomorrow.
*&^*$# ers!
Sure cramps my style.
Anyway, Bell says witht problems will be fixed by weekend.
............Damn, I'd try Rogers, but the problems there, I am told, are even worse.
Sorry to bug, S., but ole UnoWho is a total panic artist when it comes to his internet addiction.

War always comes when you're not ready. No ciggies. No booze. Check in mail. Ha!

Techie said...

Glad to hear the cause has been found. Those guys sure provide top-notch service, huh?

ivan said...

Thanks s.

It is Saturday, Sept.23 and both internet and phone still fuddled.

I've got half a mind to go public over this perfunctory way of doing businness.

At least you won't have to come over post-haste.

Cheers,
UnoWho

Zinnia said...

Very nice. Very nice, indeed. It's been a long, long time since I've penned any poetry.

ivan said...

Thank you zinnia.
Every time I publish a really good poet, something out there seems to want to shut my site down.
No pain no gain?
The god wants a price?
In any event, I used to craft a poem or two myself, but I think
my Janet Harvey blew me out of the water!
Good luck with restarting your poetry.
I see you are already tied up with Wild Child Publishing.
...So my own creaky Island Grove Press would welcome more material by a seasoned writer, though at this stage we are merely electronic--the poetry books cost too much to produce.
Thanks for visiting. I'd love to visit Wild Child as soon as the evil bots stop trying to shut down my site...frustrating, and the telephone company is out to lunch!

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ivan said...

thank you luhanna and thank you anonymous.
Something, somebody, has all but shut my site down. I can't receive email, neither can I send. Trouble with server; can't access my own site or anybody elses. It began with a switching office mistake at Bell and now my home computer is pretty well useless, including AVG firewall which will just not kick in.
Note to techie: Sympatico can't find server; AVG trying to download its file, but can't. No email.
Phone working now though: (905)8689814
Friggin' telephone company. It's their mistake and I am losing correspondents.
May attempt to put up new blog through another computer at library.
Who invented my life?

I.

ivan said...

thank you luhanna and thank you anonymous.
Something, somebody, has all but shut my site down. I can't receive email, neither can I send. Trouble with server; can't access my own site or anybody elses. It began with a switching office mistake at Bell and now my home computer is pretty well useless, including AVG firewall which will just not kick in.
Note to techie: Sympatico can't find server; AVG trying to download its file, but can't. No email.
Phone working now though: (905)8689814
Friggin' telephone company. It's their mistake and I am losing correspondents.
May attempt to put up new blog through another computer at library.
Who invented my life?

I.

ivan said...

New note to techie,

I have trouble answering both anonymous and louhanna. They seem the have the same problem as mine.
...Something out of whack at their sites.

Bell telephone service restored, but can't receive e-mail and cannot find server. AVG not properly downloading.
Register a May Day?
Can you make it this weekend?

UnoHOO

ivan said...

Thank you luhanna.

Looks like you're having some microsoft problems on your site as well.
I liked your passion peoetry, at least what I could read of it.
Computers! I think I'll become a shepherd!

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