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