Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

The Idea Of Ancestry - Poem by Etheridge Knight

Taped to the wall of my cell are 47 pictures: 47 black
faces: my father, mother, grandmothers (1 dead), grand-
fathers (both dead), brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts,
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Comments about The Idea Of Ancestry by Etheridge Knight

  • Silver Star - 3,482 Points Dutendra Chamling (11/15/2015 3:27:00 AM)

    ...I know
    their dark eyes, they know mine.I know their style,
    they know mine.I am all of them, they are all of me;
    they are farmers, I am a thief, I am me, they are thee...

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  • Rookie - 222 Points Verter Mcdougald (8/25/2015 9:21:00 PM)

    I can really feel this poem deep in my soul. I understand it on so many levels. I love it. Absolutely great work. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 47,517 Points Edward Kofi Louis (8/25/2015 4:47:00 AM)

    Nice work with the muse of your family tree. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 15,816 Points Ramesh T A (8/25/2015 2:28:00 AM)

    Another poem on ghost of elders depicted with awesome effect in this poem! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,191 Points Curtis Johnson (8/25/2015 1:03:00 AM)

    Etheridge, I enjoyed reading your poem. The 47 faces on the wall, your 7 year old niece, and your 93 year old grandmother. I must say that these are your treasures, to be held close to your heart. Never let them fade, grow apart, or forget you. They are God's gifts to you. (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 29,125 Points Kim Barney (8/25/2015 11:34:00 AM)

    Curtis, you are talking to someone who died in 1991!

  • Gold Star - 29,125 Points Kim Barney (8/25/2015 1:00:00 AM)

    M Hinton says the poem is actually twice as long as appears here. Why does PH do that to us? This was a fascinating poem until it stopped abruptly. I could certainly have read more of it. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie M Hinton (1/24/2005 9:13:00 PM)

    FYI: This poem is actually twice as long as appears here. (Report) Reply

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