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Archive for May, 2014

A CELEBRATION OF HOUSEHOLDS | Jazz & Poetry at the Emerald Tablet, San Francisco, 3pm

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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Sunday, May 25, 2014
The Emerald Tablet
80 Fresno Street
San Francisco, CA 94133
415.500.2323

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Conyus: THROUGH WHICH EXIT (a poem to honor Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts)

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

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“Through Which Exit ” © 2014 by Conyus Calhoun

Conyus
THROUGH WHICH EXIT

for the artist
Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts

The stairs

lead to stairs

and more stairs

lead to the balcony.

On the balcony

a trio is playing a waltz,

but no one is listening.

The steps lead to halls

and long halls lead to rooms.

Each room has a view of

a deserted street where

vacant houses dot blocks

like orphans and arson

marks the city like a bad tattoo.

At the far end of an unlit hall,

a door is slowly closing

and you can barely hear

the cry of Albert Ayler

above the waltz

on the lower balcony.

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Somewhere,

perhaps

on the third floor

of records,

a chronicle of the exit

has been noted.

Detroit is both

abstract and surreal.

A desolate city

of circumstance,

that ends at the river.

All roads end at the river,

with one exit after another

heading into the night;

On the horizon

twilight slowly fades

into black and

theoretically,

the question

remains,

through

which

exit?


— Conyus

and more Conyus

AARON IBN PORI PITTS
“The Art of Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts and the Vision in a Cornfield”

© Charles Ezra Ferrell Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts

button camClick here to watch Detroit Public Television’s Through the Artist Eyes. This 1981 special showcases black artists, including Walter Morgan, Burnis Day, Allie McGhee, and Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts.

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