“It was 1968 and Dumas had just been shot dead by a New York Transit Authority officer in what was called a case of mistaken identity….Harmony Holiday revisits the shooting, the resulting benefit concert and the spirit: “everyone was up! in! that!, gin and tips, bookish and hood rich…” This one is for Dumas, Travon Martin, Andries Tatane and all the other “black male children.”



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Loose Tracklist

Weldon Irvine
Nancy Dupree
Fred Moten
John Coltrane
Gil Scott Heron
J Dilla
Dexter Gordon
Amiri Baraka
Ras Baraka
L Boogie
Michael Harper
Theo Parish
Sarah Webster Fabio
Bill Gunn
David Henderson
Percy Johnson
Frank O’Hara
Brother Ah


Harmony Holiday’s debut collection of poems, Negro League Baseball (2011), won the Fence Books Motherwell Prize. Described by poet Terrance Hayes as abewitching and unabashedly original book”, it includes an accompanying audio CD. Get it direct from Fence Books here. And visit her blog here.

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