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  • Remembering Terry Adkins, and: Terry Adkins Told Me(May 9, 1953-February 8, 2014)
  • Tyehimba Jess

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Terry Adkins (May 9, 1953-February 8, 2014)

Portrait of Terry in his Brooklyn home, 2012

Photograph courtesy of LaMont Hamilton © 2012

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TERRY ADKINS TOLD ME

Be banjo-eyed. Be iridescent.Be collared green equationsof coiled funk. Warrior maska calligraphy of rivershined howlall bottletreed into rusty jewelsof jook-scarred knowledge.Be contraptional sibilancespread across canvass—be abandoned and self-foundinto multitudes. Let yo' hoodoohallelujah harmonicallyto those who eschew the pew.We gon' rattle our bonesover the Earth's dirty facetill every shadow enviesmoonlight, seeks escapeinto our song that shreds the nighttill the stars are dimmed. Sleep-slid.Gone. [End Page 3]

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ISSN
1080-6512
Print ISSN
0161-2492
Pages
pp. 1-3
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-26
Open Access
No
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