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Table of Contents
PART ONE: RETURN TO SAVANNAH
1. Return to Savannah
2. This Mother’s Son
3. Thorns of Sorrow and Blossoms of Grace
4. The Us That Never Was
5. Strength to Carry On
PART TWO: MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE GEORGIANS
6. The Keepers of Their People’s Spirits
7. The Bridge and the Monument: A Tale of Two Legacies
8. Bound Moments: Jack Leigh’s Beautiful Southern Adventures
9. The Hard Stuff
10. The Light and The Way of Luther E. Vann
PART THREE: WORDS AND BLOOD
11. “Savannah Moss” by Jerry P. Bolton
12. The American Poet Who Went Home Again
13. Words and Blood Burning the Page
14. The Great Old Man Mystical Poet on the Mountain
15. With Love, A Letter From Yesterday to Today
16. Eyes Like Oceans of Infinite Love
17. Journey through ‘Universes Beyond the Invisible”
PART FOUR: THIS WORK THAT POETS DO
18. “The Onyx of Savannah” by Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
19. Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance
20. Tales of Harlem Down in Savannah
21. Visions of the Poets: Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
22. Twenty-nine Birds on a Wire
23. February 15, 2003: the History that Peace Made
With the publication of “This Mother’s Son” in the 1997 November issue of ESSENCE Magazine, I made my national debut as a writer and will always be grateful to NAACP President’s Award recipient Susan L. Taylor (at that time editor-in-chief of the publication) for including both my work and my full-page photo in that very special annual men’s edition. “This Mother’s Son” has never been published in book form before and an expanded version of it is presented here for the first time. Related stories that followed and completed this book were published by: The Redbridge Review (edited by Rotimi Ogunjobi); the editors at TooWrite.Com; and Mike Green at EXPOSE’D.Com.
It would have been impossible for me to write this book had it not been for the cooperation and inspiration so often provided by various friends, acquaintances, and the subjects themselves. I am honored to express my gratitude to them at this time: the Moran Family of Harris Neck, Georgia, who so generously shared their history and time with me; Savannah African-American Monument Founder Dr. Abigail Jordan; my long-time brother in creativity, Luther E. Vann; author Pearl Cleage (for helping keep alive the memory of Bill Bagwell); the talented poets known as Renazance and Toussaint St. Negritude; my writing partner on Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, Sandra L. West; the late gifted seer and photographer, Jack Leigh; the creative team of Joseph and Alexandra OneLight, whose gift of vision and poetry could not have arrived at a better time in my life than it did; the extraordinary poet Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU; novelist Jerry Bolton; the AuthorsDen community for its empowering camaraderie and inspiration; and the Creative Thinkers International community for its shared dreams and accomplishments. .
I’m also deeply grateful to the publishers of my first books: Facts On File, Kensington Books, and iUniverse.com. And to anyone whose name I may have inadvertently omitted: nothing is quite so important as the time, love, and strength with which we bless each others’ lives.
"Aberjhani can write about anything, and give it uncommon beauty..."
--Dr. Ja A. Jahannes, creator of "Montage for Martin" and author of "Truthfeasting"
Insightful Portraits of Writers and Artists
“My wife Martha gave me a copy of ‘The American Poet Who Went Home Again’ for Christmas. I turly enjoyed reading it. The portraits of photographer Jack Leigh, writer Bill Bagwell, and artist Luther E. Vann especially insightful. Although I don’t consider myself a spiritual person, I now approach happenings in Savannah from a new perspective.”
Robert Keber, The Keber Report
An Author's Passage through Hellfire
"The American Poet Who Went Home Again will make me do something I never do--I will re-read this soul-exploring book again and maybe again.
Going home is never easy, but Aberjahni examines the journey from all angles and decides the difficulty is what he treasures. The painful memories of his loss of young children, divorce and the pull of his family obligations are sung in such elequent words that the music hummed in my head.
"The author's memories of growing up in a segregated Savannah and the mystery of his heritage make me see how he passed through the hellfire and came out who he is.
"I love this writer!"
--Pat Andres, author of Maggie, a Savannah Dog, and Love From the Ashes
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Reader Reviews for "The American Poet Who Went Home Again"
|Reviewed by Paul Judges
|Looks like a fascinating book !|
|Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
|sounds like a great book and congrats on being a great poet of word and verse|
|Reviewed by Leonard Goslee
|I have ordered "The American Poet Who Went Home Again" from AuthorsDen Book Store.
I also have bought the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance,
The Bridge of Silver Wings and I Made My Boy Out of Poetry.
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|Reviewed by Sage Sweetwater
You are abounding in an astonishingly realistic interpretation of original work. You are a constant reinvention of meaningful, humanitarian, literary work, an artist whose influence on me personally plays a very significant role in my own literary volumes. The American Poet Who Went Home Again is a lifetime tour of a man's pursuit of the voluntary duty of human and spiritual relationships. It is for this reason in which you include your literary peers who are firmly and trustingly planted by your side that you are not friendless, homeless, or isolated. An enormous door into a spiritual world has been opened for you and in return, in loyalty, you have opened an enormous door in kind for others, me included. I wish you the best always Author-Poet Aberjhani...Blessed Be.
|Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU
|CONGRATULATIONS Master Aberjhani!
I am glad that one more of Your dreams is materialized!
"The American Poet Who Went Home Again" is a reality today!
If I had the seraphic words and the stylus of wisdom, I would write a note to You on the stone of gratitude to show the thankfulness of my heart.
Thank You for allowing my name to be included in "The American Poet Who Went Home Again", and for the Essay on my works "Visions of the Poets: Part One".
May You enjoy a long healthy creative life through a blissful living.
In gratitude and cooperative attitude,
Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU