Video: ‘I Am the Land’ by Ethelbert Miller with music by Richard Clark

E. Ethelbert Miller, D.C.’s poet-troubadour, worked with composer Richard J. Clark to produce this stunning rendition of Miller’s poem “I Am the Land,” a tribute to Salvadoran martyr and archbishop Oscar Romero.

I offer it here as a Christmas blessing to you all in these days.

Video: Joseph Ross Reading From ‘Meeting Bone Man’

My friend Joseph Ross has released his first collection of poems titled Meeting Bone Man from Main Street Rag. He is an phenomenal, hard-working poet who investigates the hairline fractures in our souls and applies just enough pressure to stimulate healing before we snap in two.

Here’s Joe reading to a packed house at Busboys & Poets on Sunday, April 15, in Washington, D.C. This is his poem “First and Last” (for his mom).

Acclaimed poet Ethelbert Miller says Joe gives us a collection of poems that “traces words down the center of the back of death. Like a graffiti artist he tags our emotions. Ross takes us from the streets of DC to the land of Darfur. After every poem we are forced to ask – what is the deep truth? When Basquiat meets the Buddha only the Bone Man can tell the tale. Ross writes like a witness to a new religion. Have faith in these poems; they are filled with the type of light the darkness would love to kiss.”

Joe also just won the Enoch Pratt Library Poetry Contest with his poem “If Mamie Till Was the Mother of God.” See more at JosephRoss.net.

E. Ethelbert Miller: ‘In the Beloved Community, there are no prison bars.’

Mier Wolf, former mayor of Chevy Chase, MD, and a board member of The Writer’s Center (both are in Metro-D.C. area) has started a poetry in prison program at the Montgomery County jail, near Clarksburg, MD. An early presenter was friend and mentor E. Ethelbert Miller (see the video below).

Poet extraordinaire Joseph Ross will be joining this project in the next few weeks. As Ethelbert says, “In the Beloved Community, there are no bars.”