Yes, I've broken hearts and had mine broken as well. But I feel good this morning aside from soreness from the operation. I remained in the hospital until they could give me a cortisone shot for my shoulder--I can actually move my right arm this morning.
Wanda, Adaoma, Lil Joe, Fahizah, Nicole, Suzzette, Ayo, Ramal, Rashid, Phil, Ptah, Amiri, Amina, Abdul Sabri, Abdul James, Hasan James, Aubrey Labrie, Jah-D, Amira, Debbie, Judy, Ptah, Nicole (my personal assistant), Tarika Lewis and Muhammida, thank you for your love and concern. Thank all of you everywhere.
That hospital is no place to be somebody. We must pray for all of our people in hospitals throughout this land. And we should work to establish our own hospitals as a nation of fifty million people, as Elijah told us to do. In the myth of Yacoub, three people worked to create the devil: the doctor, nurse and undertaker. Poor Michael Jackson (peace be upon him--it is said he died the death of a Muslim--"Remember the Time"/"Man in the Mirror") had the doctor at his side but it didn't help. Imagine all of us who don't have a private doctor at our side. Now he is in the hands of the undertaker? What will the autopsy reveal, truth or lies?
I also want to thank Dr. Wang and my nurse, Sister J, for their kindness during this "minor" operation. Love is healing. As my favorite song Nature Boy says, the greatest thing you will ever learn is to love and be loved in return.
Peace and love,
Thanks for your concern. I am in pain as I have been suffering a shoulder injury from a fall some months ago. Then the pacemaker was put on the right side, same as the shoulder injury--I had them put it there because I am left handed, but it put me in double pain. As a former dope fiend, I tried to suck up all the morphine in the hospital before they threw me out. If I eat at home the same servings the hospital gave me, I will surely lose some weight.
The Black Dialogue Brothers have decided to produce the University of Poetry Festival to honor Digane Joe Gonsalves, publisher if the Journal of Black Poetry.
Notes on the Journal of Black Poetry Festival
Marvin X, Chief Planner
Tentative date for the Journal of Black Poetry Festival: February, 2010.
Purpose: To give honor and respect to Brother Dingane Joe Goncalves, publisher and editor of the Journal of Black Poetry JBP. The invited poets and planners include Amiri Baraka, Askia Toure, Nikki Giovanni, Sonia Sanchez, Last Poets, Haki Madhubuti, Kalamu ya Salaam, Amina Baraka, Eugene Redman, Rudolph Lewis, Tureeda, Ayodele Nzinga, Naru, Ptah, Marcel Diallo, Tureeda, Ishmael Reed, Devorah Major, Al Young, Jose Angel Figerora, Nefertiti El Muhajir, Muhammida El Muhajir, Larry Ukali Johnson, Reginald Lockett, Devorah Major, Marvin X.
As per funding, we should consider that the JBP was published independently without corporate or government funding. Shall we continue this tradition of do for self with respect to funding this festival, since this project is a continuation of the cultural revolution that will impact the consciousness of participants, especially the hip hop generation. And why should we beg corporations and foundations to do for us what we should do for ourselves?
If every interested poet would donate a hundred or thousand dollars, we could pull this off independently. If poets would be willing to pay their own airfare and lodging, that would be a nice chunk out of the budget. We have a tentative facility at Oakland's Eastside Arts Center. Laney College is nearby and we expect the students at Laney's Club Knowledge to be a part of the planning to insure the hip hop generation is represented in this intergenerational gathering.
Anyway, tell me your thoughts on funding, agenda and expected outcome. Marvin X, 1222 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA 94702..
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Journal of Black Poetry Festival
Marvin X is the chief planner of The Journal of Black Poetry Festival being organized for sometime next year. He is calling on all Pan African poets to participate. The JBP festival has the backing of founding publisher/editor Dingane Joe Goncalves. All poets who were published in the JBP are being drafted to participate. Nikki Giovanni has informed Marvin X she will contribute since her first published poem appeared in the Journal. Some of the editors included Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Askia Toure, Larry Neal, Marvin X. Contributors included Kalamu ya Salaam, Haki Madhubuti, Last Poets, Ed Bullins, and so many others it would be impossible to list.
In fact, the Journal was the chief organ of the Black Arts Movement, along with magazines Black World, Black Theatre, Black Dialogue, SoulBook, Liberator, Umbra, and a few others. See James Smethurst's The Black Arts Movement, University of North California Press. Almost anyone who was a budding poet or poet of substance appeared in the Journal, including poets from Africa and the Caribbean. Additionally, it was a communication organ of the black arts revolution, containing regional and national news on the cultural revolution.
The Journal of Black Poetry probably published more poets than any other journal in the history of American literature. Thus, we want to honor the man who single-handedly edited this critical publication of Pan African and North American African literature:Digane (Joe Goncalves). Shy and reclusive, Digane agreed to participate after Marvin X told him he would be kidnapped and brought to the festival.
Other key organizers include Eugene Redmond, Amiri Baraka, Sonia Sanchez, Rudolph Lewis. If you and/or your organization would like to participate and be a listed as a supporter, please leave a note on my blog: http://marvinxwrite s.blogspot. com
The festival will probably take place in Oakland at the Eastside Arts Cultural Center, which recently hosted the 40th anniversary of the Black Panther Party, and produces the annual Malcolm X Jazz Festival.
If you have ideas on the agenda or papers, send them to the above blog. Dingane is preparing to publish an anthology of the Journal that was edited by the late poet/critic Sherley A. Williams. We know contributions are needed to publish this important anthology.. Certainly, any poet who appeared in the JBP should consider making a generous donation to the anthology. A topic of discussion should be how to publish radical literary organs to continue the cultural revolution.
From: adaoma_o <nwaakwukwo@yahoo. com>To: blackantiwar@ yahoogroups. comSent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 8:25:52 PMSubject: [blackantiwar] Get Well Marvin
Dearest Marvin, Its good to read from you. Thank you for letting the list know of your good recovery. I hope you take time to rest and recoup so that you will be 100%. How are you feeling? I hope that you are painfree and have loving people waiting on you hand and foot.God Bless You.With love,Adaoma---
In blackantiwar@ yahoogroups. com, Marvin X Jackmon
Marvin X was released from the hospital today after successful heart pacemaker implant. Al Humdulilah.____________ _________ _________ __
How's your health? Phone calls saying you went in hospital for pacemaker??? Amiri B