Cornel G. Spalding-Brown Wind Chimes

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Wind Chimes

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"Cornel Spalding-Brown's poems are imbued with such lyrical grace and courtliness, they almost seem to come from an earlier age, when core beliefs were fixed and moral rectitude was the measure of a man. Such first impressions, however, pleasant as they are, do not tell the whole story, for these poems also engage the actual life lead, the personal squarely located in the political and social issues of our day. Unfazed by fashion or fad, Spalding-Brown's poems are the musings—deeply felt and keenly observed—of a mature man who has felt the buffeting winds of mortality and carries on, undaunted."
~ Paul Genega,
Professor of English, Bloomfield College

"To read Cornel Spalding-Brown's poems is to enter a world of wrought language. In his best poems he recruits a keen sense of place, both his native Jamaica and the urban figures in and around Newark. His most striking images strike obliquely at the heart and they resound with the authority only the cadences of poetry can command."
~ Patrick Rosal
author of Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive

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Cornel G. Spalding-Brown was born in Jamaica and moved to the United States in 1980. A disabled veteran, he is the poet laureate of Irvington, New Jersey.

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Culture, Creed, and Norm

The cobra strikes,
but not with venom,
noted pose by charm.
Tuned to the piper's wreathing rhythm,
a coconut palm in a storm.
There's a cobra in each man's bosom
civilization would disarm
whether by song, or remembered vision;
sunrise newly born.

In the weave, or woven basket
of culture, creed, and norm,
tuned to the wind
are those who poet
coconut palms in a storm.

Dandelion Man

Let me not fly upon some current; wind,
A dandelion man.
Of height; of depth;
of width and span
held aloft. By someone's
fanning fan.

Let me not live
upon the eyelid of the world.
Whose wink; whose blink;
whose downward glance
would send me falling
to oblivion.

But let me walk;
let me run;
Barefooted if I must.
That I miss not
what victory is,
Catching the damn bus.

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