Spring 2003 • Vol. XXV No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2003 |

Crush into These Blakk Feet

After the painting Altar for Jean-Michel Basquiat by Ras Akyem, 1995. 1.        Soaring at heart,    dream kin they may be—Akyem and Basquiat—       though the pair never met: Ras Akyem's ALTAR both        Requiem for the Dead       and post-mortem revival of the Black   Haitian's sizzling raw art …        Three panels. A minimalist triptych       in black and white. Two finished versions. One, black-   on-white-backdrop, is the foremost.       The other (reduced         detail, more simplified), white-on-black. See both. Keep looking at one, the other,   checking it out            feeling your way—    a bridge between them. For one may turn       the other inside out, as an X ray reverses        our human body,       revealing to the doctor's eye strange  truth of hidden pa

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Laurence Lieberman's recent books include Flight from the Mother Stone (University of Arkansas Press, 2000), The Regatta in the Skies: Selected Long Poems (University of Georgia Press, 1999), Compass of the Dying (University of Arkansas Press, 1998) and Beyond the Muse of Memory: Essays on Contemporary American Poets (University of Missouri Press, 1995).

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