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Etheridge Knight — Texts Year Title Prev 1 Next. Collections Year Title Prev 1 Next. Read poems by this poet. Read texts about this poet. The Idea of Ancestry 1 Taped to the wall of my cell are 47 pictures: 47 black faces: my father, mother, grandmothers 1 dead , grand- fathers both dead , brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins 1st and 2nd , nieces, and nephews. They stare across the space at me sprawling on my bunk. I know their dark eyes, they know mine. I know their style, they know mine.

I am all of them, they are all of me; they are farmers, I am a thief, I am me, they are thee. I have at one time or another been in love with my mother, 1 grandmother, 2 sisters, 2 aunts 1 went to the asylum , and 5 cousins.

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I am now in love with a 7-yr-old niece she sends me letters in large block print, and her picture is the only one that smiles at me. I have the same name as 1 grandfather, 3 cousins, 3 nephews, and 1 uncle. The uncle disappeared when he was 15, just took off and caught a freight they say.

He's discussed each year when the family has a reunion, he causes uneasiness in the clan, he is an empty space. My father's mother, who is 93 and who keeps the Family Bible with everbody's birth dates and death dates in it, always mentions him. There is no place in her Bible for "whereabouts unknown.

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And I almost kicked it with the kinfolks. The next day in Memphis I cracked a croaker's crib for a fix. This yr there is a gray stone wall damming my stream, and when the falling leaves stir my genes, I pace my cell or flop on my bunk and stare at 47 black faces across the space.

I am all of them, they are all of me, I am me, they are thee, and I have no children to float in the space between. Etheridge Knight When they brought Hard Rock back, Handcuffed and chained, he was turned loose, Like a freshly gelded stallion, to try his new status.

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As we waited we wrapped ourselves in the cloak Of his exploits: "Man, the last time, it took eight Screws to put him in the Hole. The testing came, to see if Hard Rock was really tame. A hillbilly called him a black son of a bitch And didn't lose his teeth, a screw who knew Hard Rock From before shook him down and barked in his face. And Hard Rock did nothing. Just grinned and looked silly, His eyes empty like knot holes in a fence. And even after we discovered that it took Hard Rock Exactly 3 minutes to tell you his first name, We told ourselves that he had just wised up, Was being cool; but we could not fool ourselves for long, And we turned away, our eyes on the ground.

He had been our Destroyer, the doer of things We dreamed of doing but could not bring ourselves to do, The fears of years, like a biting whip, Had cut deep bloody grooves Across our backs. The sad, funky, yet celebrative sound of his 'blues' is experience being honed on the quartz grains of a grindstone. Convert currency. Add to Basket. Condition: New. Seller Inventory More information about this seller Contact this seller.

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