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Cascade Patch is doing a 3 part series on black love and in particular, the new book “Where Did Our Love Go.” (edited by Gil Robertson) In the video series, contributors Amy Elisa Keith and Ed Garnes discuss their contributions to the book and some of the over-arching issues the book tackles such as marriage, divorce, and being single.

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Mad At God: A Poetic Attempt At Healing

Submitted by on January 11, 2009 – 12:30 pmNo Comment |

Today would have been my brothers’ B day…and I laugh to keep from cryin’ -Ed G.

Mad @God

(For Everett Garnes RIP lil bro)
By Edward M. Garnes, Jr.

a sick comedian
rendering death
like off color jokes

a faulty faith practitioner
manipulating hope
with weighty promises
of eternal life

a suspect believer
hurls questions like
unchecked slavery
my brother’s untimely passing
Bush’s reign of terror

and wonders
if evil is eternal
or if the all knowing
is conveniently
pleading the 5th

The joint above is an excerpt from Garnes’ introspective poetry collection Like Sweet Tea On A Hot Summer Day to published on Homegrown (2009).

ed-train Award winning writer, educator, counselor, and activist Edward M. Garnes, Jr. is the founder of From Afros to Shelltoes, a nationally acclaimed series of cultural productions confronting the social divide between elders and hip hop heads, and holds a B.A. in English Writing from DePauw University and a M.A. in Counseling from Michigan State University . His seminal essay, ” Sweet Tea Ethics: Black Luv, Healthcare, and Cultural Mistrust,” currently appears in Not In My Family: AIDS in the African American Community, a 2007 NAACP Image Award nominated collection edited by Gil Robertson. (www.afrostoshelltoes.com).

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