Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ekphrasis on Elizabeth Catlett Mora's Homage to Black Women Poets

"Elizabeth Catlett Mora (April 15, 1915 – April 2, 2012) was an American born Mexican sculptor and printmaker." Catlett is best known for the black, expressionistic sculptures and prints she produced during the 1960s and 1970s.

Homage to Black Women Poets

You know us as we are you
creating because impelled
by earth oath and bird cry
womb tie and navel mark
as sure as our parents’ pain
our inherited hurt and strength
always Forged by fire, ever constrained
and free, if we understand the certainty 
of exclusion from power palaces to which we
will never belong,  how our pegs are shaped
differently always, and so ever denied,
there Is  much to Affirm and ever excluded,
there is much to Gather and the Raised fist
asserts and the arm over head protects
and the sturdy big legs, wide columns below
globe-spanning hips, are Rooted
as eyes large with want and wonder, look
sky ward, searching for what over arches,
for all that transcends

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