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Erany Barrow-Pryor, Ph.D.

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The WORDS that flow from the pens of poets are powerful and can change the hearts and minds of humankind for the better!


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I write because I have to.  Sometimes I think I was a late bloomer, but once I found my voice-- nothing could stop me.  I write about the stories and history of my people ... how we struggled, sometimes lost and were knocked down... but still we rise, thrive and always survive! I write because there was a time in our history when the White slaveholding power structures tried to ban my people from writing, reading and knowing because they knew that WORDS and literacy are powerful tools that lead a people to liberation! 

 

I leave you with one of my favorite compositions dedicated to my husband...

 

 

 

 

 Composition in Black and Red

For RAPryor

 

 

Outlawed Forbidden Lovin’

 

 

History brought you to me… me to you

 

Together we journeyed through the oppressive, soul death of

bloodsweattearsburningandvomit      the scalping and nooses

charred fruit looping on death trees 

scarlet hair flesh flopping from dead heads  

 

and found love made love and inseminated breathtakingly blooming gardens

 

Warrior shields

Force fields

(Covering me in you)

Erected against the machinery of the evildoers

The forces of conquest and dominance brutality greed and arrogance of

Manifest Destiny

 

Your spear and lance hurled and spun toward danger

The beckoning pounding

                                                      pounding

                                                                              pounding

Primal percussive penetrating

 

Heart beat center of the tight drum skin

Your village drumming and tribal drum circle seduced and saved me

 

Your intricately wooden carved flute called to me, entered me

My response to you was fancy dancing and the 49er

 

 

 

          ~EBPryor

 

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Birth Place
Okinawa, Riyuku Islands,  Japan




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