Dennis Brutus: Take out the poetry and fire

Dennis Brutus reading at the 2008 Split This Rock Festival

Photo © by jill brazel photography

Take out the poetry and fire
or watch it ember out of sight,
sanity reassembles its ash
the moon relinquishes the night.

But here and here remain the scalds
a sudden turn or breath may ache,
and I walk soft on cindered pasts
for thought or hope (what else?) can break.
–Dennis Brutus, 1963

Poem from Poetry & Protest: A Dennis Brutus Reader (p. 125).

Dennis Brutus was an exemplar of word and deed.  See his  Wiki bio &  NYT obituary

~ by matt on 4 January 2010.

3 Responses to “Dennis Brutus: Take out the poetry and fire”

  1. beautiful!!! “a sudden turn or breath may ache” wow

  2. thought you & your readers might be interested in a new documentary, Fair Play, which tells the story of the anti-apartheid movement sports boycotts he played such a key role in. Here’s a trailer:http://activevoice.net/haveyouheard_fairplay.html.

  3. Thanks very much Michelle. The entire Clarity Films collection looks very good.

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