by Tara Betts author info
Come in walking with heavy, black boots
Sweat rivers, lakes, oceans from pores
Take the obscure & put it on billboards
See secrets as molting birds & wriggly snakes
Question so students upset rightness
Become driftwood floating through language
Dare to scribble words & tinker with them
Tara Betts lives and writes in Chicago. She was a member of the 1999 and 2000 Chicago Mad Bar teams in National Poetry Slam. She is a contributing writer for Black Radio Exclusive, QBR-The Black Book Review and The Source. She teaches creative writing through several local arts programs, as well as with the Chicago Public Schools. In 1997 she opened for Jesse Jackson at a lecture to Loyola University. She has worked with Insight Arts, The African Peoples Socialist Party and NewExpression, a youth publication run by teens.
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