Bob Kaufman, American poet, in 1980, outside City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco.
In 1968, at age 33, Henry Dumas was murdered by police in Harlem. Toni Morrison said his writing was “some of the most beautiful, moving and profound poetry and fiction that I have ever in my life read.”
This is also about generations of lost potential. These poems can be found in ‘Knees of a Natural Man’
“It’s freezing someplace inside my brain a glass wall shatters in my temples a people gnashes its teeth … It snows on the graves somewhere there in my brain.”
— Abdellatif Laâbi (born 1942), from “Doldrums”, translated from the French by Andrew Zawacki , published in “Souffles“ (first trimester 1966).