SPLIT THIS ROCK: Poems of Provocation
based on a true story
One weekend a month,
Smart young lady, right?
We’ll pay for your education.
Five more scholarships follow
Future looks bright, right?
Middle of first semester
You eighteen yet?
Good, get your hair products ready gurl
no more college for you right now
Tour of duty
First ever, right?
by the way
You have just been officially fooled---
we mean, officially schooled
Uncle Sam style
Addison has performed spoken word at the Yerba Buena Center
for the Arts and numerous street fairs in San Francisco throughout the
years. Her passion for expression and self-empowerment was fueled while
teaching poetry, intergenerational writing, and short story writing
to inner city youth and immigrant women in Oakland and the Tenderloin
District of San Francisco. Winona is currently working on a project
entitled, "Hair Memoirs, Perspectives and Unspoken Truths: from
black girlhood to Black Womanhood." This project engages in a collaborative
of photography and poetry that captures and conveys memory, life, and
culture of African American females and their hair.
in Volume 9, Number 1, Winter 2008.