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Choreo-Empress' Leg-a-cy Lands on East Saint Earth, 2nd Take

(homage to Katherine Dunham, age 90 plus)

(1967: descent amidst civil rights & black arts movement)
East Saint Earth ferments:
she-maze of Port-au-Princely slinks.

(routes de passage)
O Hambone's "Minnehaha!"
Katherine's choreoper-ah!
"Sally Walker" to "L'Ag Ya!"

(1925 bus ride recalls east saint louis race riots of 1917)
Yanvalou lurched past
East Boogie's pungent memories,
warrior Lovejoy's Alton.

(joliet, chicago, port au prince)
Lady Diaspora
hurdled AME's prayer bench,
ball & jack'd Damballah.

(christening of the drumpriestess: Haiti)
Between death & dawn
snakes, stilts & tambourines
chased rum-drunk zombies.

(1967 #2: dumas/dunham return to east saint earth)
Fox/goddess & Ankh Dumas
orbited Arkansippi,
Blood Island & Cotton Club.

(fleshing dreams & homages at the barr)
Pelvic motors buzzed
Queen's Court in Milesville, drumscoping
"East Saint Louis Toodle-oo."

(star of dakar domiciles in east boogie)
From tin & wombwood, Mor Thiam,
her Wolof prince/protégé,
fleshed djembe miracle.

(feasts of art & revolution)
O gyral-notations
rioting in Katherine's
God-spacious girdle.

(reflections: 90th birthday celebration in Milesvile)
Lords of London legs
flew Jesu-Voudoun's chariot
thru nine decades & change.

Written by Eugene B. Redmond


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