for the THEM!HOOD.
“Stratigraphy – The study of the layers (strata) of sediments, soils, and material culture at an archaeological site[.]”
V. MODERN LAYER
and each time the boi diespour one out for ‘em.
the black word is left to the air againcrywhole hailstorms.
new kindling in every mouth /love harderthan thunder.
new dances for all the dust.all the living done together.
IV. 2013 – 2017
their fingertips cartographers of the landplay the dozens with the devil.
meet red clay in the jaw /flame deathmans be for everybody.
slate lining the ribcage /funny box run right over.
anoint altars with honest touch.
III. 2006 – 2012
throat a cavern of infinitywaterto a whale.
hair of pitch-pine smokenappy as a briar patch.
and hands content with emptinessan appetitefor every breath.
the black word became the boiayyyyyye.
II. 1995 – 2005
and so this black word spoke itself anew.aw shit.
declared itself a body / a beating fire /go off, nigga.
a burning heart /yo, that’s lit.
a brown skin etiology.
in the beginning there was the word.oh word?
and that word was black.ayyyyyye.
but this primordial black lacked a glyph;
a phoneme with no flesh equivalent.damn, that’s cold.