By Jim Daniels
In start Marks, Jim Daniels examines how our origins mark us endlessly. From Detroit to Pittsburgh, he explores the lives of standard humans in an international which frequently turns out tilted opposed to them. His difficult, unflinching poems recount family members myths, city decay, his personal lies, and the fight for survival in a post-industrial international because the economic climate crumbles round us.
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It is what DuBois saw in 1903, in The Souls of Black Folk: "And there in the Kings highway sat and sits a figure veiled and bowed, by which the travellers footsteps hasten as they go. On the tainted air breeds fear. Three centuries’ thought has been the raising and unveiling of that bowed human heart, and now behold a century 28 The Black Aesthetic new for the duty and the deed. ” But each of us has his own images, for which we must not seek neat little definitions. For me the Black Aesthetic is in a photogiaph in the book Harlem on My Mind of two old black women, clinging to one another as they walk along the cold streets of New York City.
It must commit us to revolution and change. It must commit us to a future that is ours. In a word, it must commit us to all that is US-yesterday, today and the sunrise of tomorrow. " It must commit us to the fact that the earth is ours and the fullness thereof. As LeRoi Jones says, “You cant steal nothing from the white man. " So, “Black People take the shit you want, take their lives if need, but get what you want, what you need. ” This is commitment to the struggle, a commit ment that includes the artist and the observer.
And an artist may have any freedom to do what he wishes as long as it does not take the freedom from the people to be protected from those images, words and sounds that are nega tive to their life and development. The people give us the freedom from isolation and alienation and random searching for subject matter and artists, in view of this, must not ask for freedom to deny this, but on the contrary must praise the people for this. " The final thing that is characteristic of Black art is that it must be committing.
Birth Marks by Jim Daniels