Black & Kinky Amongst Brown Waves


Emergence Community Arts Collective’s In Her Honor 2015
June 22, 2015, 1:19 am
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Greetings and happy mid-summer friends!

Though things have been pretty quiet over here on the blog, they have been quite active out in the world! Wild Women Theatre created an original choreopoem for the Emergence Community Arts Collective’s In Her Honor 2015 Celebration. For the last 5 years In Her Honor has celebrated the lives and work of women in the Pleasant Plains & Park View community which surrounds Howard University.  Wild Women Theatre created an original historic piece (poems, monologues and a song) illuminating the 7 women who are the ‘ancestors’ of ECAC. In addition to our performance, each honoree is also presented with a poem created “in her honor” by a local poet. The piece I’m sharing below constituted the introduction of our 20 minute performance. 

of women, history & memory

(c) 2015 by margaux delotte-bennett

the folds in our skin are perfect places
to hide memories 

under a breast
in the deep wrinkle beneath a shoulder blade
at the top of the crease between buttcheeks 

folds of skin that held fingers
money
lace and cotton
keys and tissues and mints

she needs to tuck away her memories
because she is always expected 

to forget
to get over
to move past this instance

because there will always be another 
another son/ daughter/ lover/ friend stolen from this life too soon
another sun setting behind a place no longer home
another sign of change and movement 
that will come to pass

because it is the only constant
all is always moving away from here
and towards the unknown

we women are containers of so much
life
strife
truth and proof of magic 
in this land
and dwelling amongst us

i want my body 
to tell the full extent
of the stories I have lived through

i want my scars to herald the lessons 
that needed to be etched
into my skin
so that they could never be forgotten

With this female body 
overflowing with moments and memories
i will feed you

i will run with abandon
throwing up my hands 
at times
stepping back into danger 
at times
riding and/ or racing down hills 
too fast
but trying to catch up with an instance
that is always fleeting

i want to remember
i want my memory to be a basket
balanced on my head
overflowing with bits
that i need to keep 
letting only the small truths seep out

I will scout for safe passage and
clear the way for 
reflection
refraction
a re-membering
of all 
that guided her feet
our feet
my feet
to this day

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DC Congresswomen Eleanor Holmes Norton was also in attendance and we were honored to be photographed with her.

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