Thursday, February 24, 2011
Akilah Oliver (1961-2011)
My friend, collaborator and Farfalla author Akilah Oliver has passed away. Her work is done here on Earth and like all great people and poets that's what we're left with. Thank you for what you gave here, An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet, In Aporia and Matching Half with Anne Waldman and Ambrose Bye with your accompaniment.
From An Arriving Guard of Angels, Thusly Coming to Greet
dear oluchi -
the light is blinking rapidly on the black boxy answering
machine. your room seems bigger than before and i am still
planning to read some of those robert jordan books of yours.
yesterday at the used bookstore where i was browsing the
mysteries to "stall reality"-- they are really not mysteries at
all, they just employ death as the plot mistress but are
unable to grasp its mystery at all-- well the point is, things
were calm down here for awhile and the world was little. i
want to be big like you. or i want you not vast, not dead, not
gone, but human small and here. i am so selfish. that is what
i really want. to see you again. to oil your scalp. to hear you
walk in the door, say, ma i'm home. give me a chance to say,
welcome home son. or when leaving, don't forget your hat.
what do you wear out there? i wish you could have taken
your new shoes with you. i'm so proud of you. i'm so sorry
for the way you died. i miss you all the time. even before, i
missed you. out there, one time, some different men said:
"shake for me girl, i wanna be your backdoor man". who dat