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bandung conference, 1955

23 April, 2017: bandung conference, 1955

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by Daniel Gray-Kontar
bandung conference, 1955
the women cry fiercely
for the men who have died
fighting for the twisted torch of freedom.
 
they wrap around their bodies
the native fabric,
the colors of the flag of independence.
 
they cry too, for the men
who did not die.
 
the children grow in confusion
unsure of who to call “oba.”
some learn to fight the anger of hunger
 
with prostitution.
some, with the opium scent
of religion.
 
dinner at my table is solemn.
we assuage our hunger
 
with promises of a better future,
and wash these down with prayer.
 
i have written words
that speak for the women
and children. words that speak
 
for my people.
words as hollow
 
as the stomachs of my sons.
i agree, something
must be done.
 
you concur, something
must be done.
for the sakes of our grandchildren
 
can the colored people of the world
do anything but talk?
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“bandung conference, 1955” by Daniel Gray-Kontar, from Cleveland Poetry Scenes. Bottom Dog Press, 2008. Used by permission of the author.
 
ABOUT TODAY’​S POET
Daniel Gray-Kontar is a poet, rapper, journalist, educator and youth mentor. His poetry has appeared in such anthologies as Bum Rush the Page: A Def Poetry Jam and Spirit and Flame: An Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry, as well as on the sound recording Grand Slam: The Best of the National Poetry Slam, Volume One. He is the 1994 national poetry slam co-champion. Kontar’s music and social criticism have appeared in such magazines as The SourceThe Village Voice, Wax Poetics, and The Ringer. He is the current executive artistic director at Twelve Literary and Performative Arts Incubator.
 

WRITE A POEM

Using the form of a résumé, write a poem for yourself or someone you know (friend or foe) that is wildly untrue.
 
 
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Rachel
Objective: To be persuasive to my fellow employees,
That we can do what we want when we want
And not let the management oversee
Our fun. Oh yes! And to enter data
Appropriately and as quickly as I can.

Skills and Abilities: Can type sort of fast and
Not so accurately but, am learning.
Am a multi-tasker and can drink coffee
While sharpening a pencil. Also if desired,
Will learn to talk on the phone while
Surfing the internet to catch up on all
The latest and greatest of the day.

Experience: Am used to sitting in one chair in one room
For hours and hours just staring at the keyboard.
Have had typing jobs in the past, and have
Had very good reviews however,
Am not very good with people skills.

Education: Many schools over many years,
I never knew which ones I enjoyed.
I think I chose so many classes it seemed,
Never to be good at very much of anything.
4/26/2017 12:14:20 PM

Chantelle Brady
Career Objective
Seeking a career working with technology. Open to programming and technical assistance. Able to teach others.

Education
Bachelors of Art from Ashland University
major in Computer Science
Masters in computer programming from ITT Tech

Personal Skills
Explaining step-by-step directions over the phone
Teaching others with little knowledge of computers
Work wonderfully with a team
Take criticism well

Achievements
President of the Computer Science Club
Technological Honors Society Member
Valedictorian of Ashland University
Salutatorian of ITT tech
Employee of the year at tech support for Dell

Pre-professional Experience
Technical Manager for theater set-up at the White House
Technical Support Manager for Dell
Technical Engineer with Microsoft
4/25/2017 2:12:17 PM

Ryan
Interesting and quiet
Outgoing people person
Born seller
Eternal optimist

Well traveled
Well versed
Can't miss
The next big thing

Company man
Rise to the top
Power player
The one to beat

Right place, right time
Never stops
Happy as is
Going places

Knows it all
For what it's worth
Well mannered
Dream hire
4/24/2017 10:01:19 PM



READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.