Here I Go Again

Here I Go Again


ChickenBones: A Journal

for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes



I sigh / I make up my face / leaving no trace of

what is / the dark rings / surrounding my eyes

I disguise / I look in the mirror / and I sigh


Books by Terry O’Neal

Motion Sickness / The Poet Speaks In Black /  Ev’ry Little Soul / Good Mornin’ Glory / Sweet Lavender (novel)

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The Poet Speaks In Black 

By Terry O’Neal



Here I Go Again


I sit in the bathroom

looking in the mirror

I sigh

here I go again

I run the comb through my hair

and I sigh

I see my true self


kind of blue

like a Miles Davis tune

the reflection of me

I search deeply

who am I


I sigh

I make up my face

leaving no trace of

what is

the dark rings

surrounding my eyes

I disguise

I look in the mirror

and I sigh

here I go again

another day

the show will begin

but on which note

will it end

here I go again

from The Poet Speaks In Black 

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Terry O’Neal — Author of Motion Sickness, The Poet Speaks In Black, Ev’ry Little Soul, and the upcoming novel Sweet Lavender.

Motion Publishing  P.O. Box 2551     Elk Grove, CA 95624

Phone: 866-552-2211            email:                                 

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Go, Tell MichelleAfrican American Women Write to the New First Lady

Edited Barbara A. Seals Nevergold and Peggy Brooks-Bertram

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Weep Not, Child

By Ngugi wa Thiong’o

This is a powerful, moving story that details the effects of the infamous Mau Mau war, the African nationalist revolt against colonial oppression in Kenya, on the lives of ordinary men and women, and on one family in particular. Two brothers, Njoroge and Kamau, stand on a rubbish heap and look into their futures. Njoroge is excited; his family has decided that he will attend school, while Kamau will train to be a carpenter. Together they will serve their country—the teacher and the craftsman. But this is Kenya and the times are against them. In the forests, the Mau Mau is waging war against the white government, and the two brothers and their family need to decide where their loyalties lie. For the practical Kamau the choice is simple, but for Njoroge the scholar, the dream of progress through learning is a hard one to give up.—Penguin 

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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Ancient African Nations

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update 10 July 2011 




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