Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

Etheridge Knight Poems

1. A Poem For Myself 7/19/2003
2. The Idea of Ancestry 1/20/2003
3. As You Leave Me 1/13/2003
4. He Sees Through Stone 4/7/2010
5. The Violent Space (Or When Your Sister Sleeps Around For Money) 4/7/2010
6. Cell Song 4/7/2010
7. Vigo County 4/7/2010

The Idea of Ancestry

Taped to the wall of my cell are 47 pictures: 47 black
faces: my father, mother, grandmothers (1 dead), grand-
fathers (both dead), brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts,
cousins (1st and 2nd), nieces, and nephews.They stare
across the space at me sprawling on my bunk.I know
their dark eyes, they know mine.I know their style,
they know mine.I am all of them, they are all of me;
they are farmers, I am a thief, I am me, they are thee.

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