Post by Me Post by Will Dockery
Sure, Pendragon, I understand how one of my early poems would not be of
interest to you.
Feel free to ignore and skip that one.
Post where this guy was at your high school while you were enrolled.
"Poet In Residence Edit
by Will Dockery
"I linger here for the mountains the waters, and the shadows only … this
tribe ain’t mine." -Ahmos Zu-Bolton
Zu-Bolton was an African-American Beat poet of the 1970s who touched lives
as a “poet” in the classrooms of Virginia, Georgia and Texas. He was
instrumental to college campuses adding new bodies of thought about poetry
and color, as a writer of poetry collections such as Fishpond Australia,
Ain't No Spring Chicken, Hoo-Doo, and A Niggered Amen, which was published
December 1 1975. Ahmos Zu-Bolton was Resident Poet at Carver High School in
Columbus, Georgia in the spring of 1976, where he met, taught and was a
major influence on the life and poetry of Will Dockery, and, the next year,
In 1977 he took my first full-length poetry book Body Fluids for
distribution and sent me the first check I ever received for poetry. I think
it was $7.00 or $8.00. He reached across race to include me. Connections.
Interconnectedness is more like it. Ahmos was most of all deeply connected
to his own family in De Ridder, LA and spoke often of a father who thought
he could do anything and let his son think the same. -Grace Cavalieri
In Washington, D.C., Ethelbert Miller became his historian. Zu-Bolton was
co-director to Miller's Directorship of the Afro American Resource Center at
Howard University; and, there still exists in D.C. a community of poets who
will always revere and love him. He teamed up with artists in New Orleans,
Galveston, Austin and Houston to produce his HooDoo Festivals.
While living in New Orleans he taught English, African American Studies and
Creative Writing at Xavier University, Tulane University and Delgado
Community College. He was Visiting Writer in Residence at University of
Missouri. When Zu Bolton died in 2005, that college held a candlelight
vigil. And, he connected with the old as well as the young: he and his wife,
poet Harryette Mullen, worked with senior citizens in 1978, teaching and
encouraging their life stories."
Thanks again, George.