doesn’t seem a big deal
your language and ideas
feeding someone who seeks
to starve you
to isolate you
to erase you
until you recognize
that the engineer of your destruction
looks and sounds like you
that is black respectability politics
at its worst
when your work does not count
until it no longer belongs to you
until it no longer represents you.
Friend of mine did a search today on WorldCAT to see how many libraries carry my book [How Three Black Women Writers Combined Spiritual and Sensual Love (Mellon Press)]: so far, 43 university libraries, including Princeton, UNC, Harvard, Tulane, Cambridge–and several universities in Asia, Australia, Canada, New Zealand…made my day! Check it out for yourself on Amazon!