Rita Dove

from Vol. 14, No. 2 (Spring 1991)

Hollywood Africans

Kevin Young

Basquiat paints

the town. PAW.
BWANA. SEVEN
STARS . Night

life--star-struck
Basquiat's arrived,
brought Toxic

& Rammellzee along
for the ride. Our trio
stomping new

ground--shaky,
kept. Hills,
that is--black

gold, Texas tea--
out west
Basquiat burns

his canvas ochre,
this trinity thin
as their ties. Hip

hop hippity hop--
Sunset Blvd
Walk of the Stars,

streets stretched
like limos. B
at last in the black,

dines out at Mr. Chow's.
IDI AMIN. 200 YEN.
Put it on his tab--

trading meals
for canvases free
loaded with msgs,

HERO-ISM.
TOBACCO in purple,
palimpsest. Toxic

& RMLZ cool, eyes
shaded by goggles,
hats with Zs. Snores

ville. GANGSTERISM.
SELF-PORTRAIT
AS A HEEL #3. Hail,

hail, the gang's all
heels--no winners
or winters, just

wanderlust
amongst Oscars®
& MOVIE STAR

FOOTPRINTS
like an astronaut's.
Rock rock planet rock

don't stop -- POP
CORN--SUGAR
CANE . Academy

Mammy Award
& another for Butler,
Rhett--To the moon

Jemima-- PAW --
basquiat rockets
NEW !--hands pressed

fresh into pavement,
permanent as a rap
sheet, booked.

 

Poems by Kevin Young
Cassius Clay by Basquiat | Hollywood Africans | How to Make Rain |
Letters from the North Star

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