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  MAY’S JAYNE CORTEZ:
Power And Perception

     You can pat your feet to her poetry or snap your fingers on the afterbeat.  She writes in tongues of taurean thunder, the words a cutting cadence of thicktoned truth as reality rises in rhythm from the syncopated smoke of incendiary images.  Feelings framed by fire flow with force.  Her poems pulsate with power and perception, with triumph and technique.  Her name is Jayne Cortez.

     Her books are beacons of brilliance, literary lasers of light and love, of culture and consciousness.  A belief system breathes between the page and the printed word.  Her books are a soundtrack of spirit, the music and magic of the written word: “Pissstained Stairs and the Monkey Man’s Wares,” “Festivals and Funerals.” “Scarifications,” “Mouth on Paper,” “Firespitter,” and “Coagulations.”

     In poetry readings and recordings, Cortez becomes a jazz vocalist of the spoken word.  Her poetic performances are concerts of  war chants and love charts and war charts and love chants and more.  In the titles of her recordings is the reflection of her years: “Celebrations and Solitudes,” “Unsubmissive Blues,” and “There It is.”

     On May 10, in the celebration of her spirit and the solitude of her soul, she stands unsubmissive upon her sixtieth year.  Whooot, there it is!  Happy Birthday.

Author: GEORGE EDWARD TAIT

Publication Name: NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS

Publication Date: 05-25-96 

 

 
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