Just before New Years Eve, I dined with my friend Janet in a restaurant where the holiday decorations were monkeys. Monkeys dressed in Venetian robessilk brocades, rich velvets.
Nigger is a word that Baldwin detested. He could say it, but he could not use it as anything other than a pejorative.
Patricia Spears Jones is an African American poet, writer and occasional blogger whose most recent collection is Painkiller (Tia Chucha Press) and is a Mentor for The Poetry Project's fellowship program, Emerge Surface Be.
PATRICIA SPEARS JONES is an African-American poet, playwright, editor and activist. Her most recent book is A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems. Her work is widely anthologized. She is Poets & Writers 2017 Jackson Poetry Prize winner. She is the organizer of American Poets Congress. She has taught at Adelphi University and CUNY. She lives in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
Patricia Spears Jones is the author of seven collections, most recently the chapbook Living in the Love Economy (Overpass Books, 2014) and A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems (White Pine Press), Fall 2015.