I Am Still Your Negro

An Homage to James Baldwin

by Valerie Mason-John

University of Alberta Press

2020

Poetry

CDN: $19.99

9781772125108

Robert Kroetsch Series

Social Justice Poetry

Spoken-word poet Valerie Mason-John unsettles readers with potent images of ongoing trauma from slavery and colonization. Her narratives range from the beginnings of the African Diaspora to the story of a stowaway on the Windrush, from racism and sexism in Trump’s America to the wide impact of the Me Too movement. Stories of entrapment, sexual assault, addictive behaviours, and rave culture are told and contrasted to the strengthening and forthright voice of Yaata, Supreme Being. I Am Still Your Negro is truth that needs to be told, re-told, and remembered.

I was your Negro

Captured and sold

I am still your negro

Arrested and killed

—from “I Am Still Your Negro”

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