- Bellingham, Washington,
- July 16
- A semi finalist for the PEN/Rosenthal fellowship, Robert lashley often performs at Northwest spoken word venues and has helped Bellingham, where he lives, develop one of the nation's finest poetry slam scenes. He has had poems published in such Journals as Feminete, No Regrets, and Your Hands, Your Mouth. His poetry was also featured in "Many Trails To The Summit", an anthology of Northwest form and Lyric poetry. His full length book, Songs My City Taught Me, was published by Radical Lunchbox Press in 2009.
MY RECENT POSTS
- On Inez Andrews.
June 07, 2013 04:40AM
- IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY: ACT
June 05, 2013 03:32PM
- IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY: ACT
June 05, 2013 03:27PM
- A Right Spirit: Act Three.
June 05, 2013 03:17PM
- A Right Spirit: Act Two
June 05, 2013 03:11PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “No, let me rephrase
April 11, 2010 02:28AM
- “It's interesting that,
in your critique of the
didnt mention the
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- “This is a good
Neil, not a
soul should chide you for your
June 01, 2009 08:04AM
- “Yeah, the M's made
baseball fun in the 90's. We
April 05, 2009 11:43AM
- “Amen, man.”
April 02, 2009 04:31AM
Robert lashley's Links
(It is 7:00 in the morning. There is a cake in the middle of the desk. There are two small plates next to AJ and HELEN, who are playing Dominoes. On the table is a white folder with the Resume that she had copied at Kinko’s the night… Read full post »
The Same scene, a day after. Betty is sitting down in the front table. She has a suitcase and a big bag. It is suggested that the money she got from her mother is on the table. She is talking to her mother, who is… Read full post »
It is early in the evening the next day. BETTY WILSON is sitting over the recliner. She is wearing a smith’s t shirt, jeans, and a discount store leather jacket. Freddie is at the desk. The… Read full post »
Rereading Go Tell It On The Mountain, James Baldwin's most recognizable work of fiction, I kept going back to a paragraph in Toni Morrison's Eulogy of him; a part of a speech that exists as a work of literature in itself.
"You made American English honest - genuinely international. You… Read full post »
LIFE AFTER LIFE AFTER DEATH
( this is a draft on an essay that I will send to DVSAS. It success will stand or fall if the candor I show here helps someone. I caution you because some of the details are severely, severely, severely triggering.)
( trigger warning)
What's wrong with Soul Music? I have a theory, and it doesn't have anything to do with how stupid and evil young black people are.
Fifteen years ago, Bill Clinton signed The 1996 Telecommunicatio… Read full post »
Here’s what Jimmy Fallon and Questlove would have done if they had spines. They would have had Michelle Bachmann on, but have big Freeda and Katey Red-avatars of New Orleans’ Sissy Bounce music scene-to jam with the band in between breaks. Since Fallon has an affinity… Read full post »
The street outside the Tacoma Art Place is a pastiche of history on top of history. The remade apartment complex above the building sits diagonally across a set of dilapidated building more than 50 years old. Under those rooms, three trendy Pho restaurants nestle the pawn shop where addicts like my… Read full post »
First, A mea culpa. I should have emphasized how Wright evolved in the mid to late 50's, his emphatic dismissal of Hemingway's perversely macho portrait's of Spain, his empathy for the… Read full post »
In F.A.M.E, his 4th studio album, Chris Brown desperately tries to put back up a curtain. Slipping into his familiar veneer of club tracks, Michael Jackson samples, and disneyfied bad boy platitudes; Brown begs his fans to love him as they did before. Over and over the themes repeat,with more than… Read full post »
The problems with Adam Bradley's Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop? Where do I start? That the only references to female MC's are 2 sentences about Lauryn Hill, and one reference to Mc Lyte, Roxanne Shante, Sha rock, and Jean Grae? That there ar/… Read full post »
This kind of dark, dense human symbology( in which social scientists use the examples of a few to make broad, sweeping statements on many) not only does absolutely nothing constructive for race relations, it's spits in the face of people w… Read full post »
Let me begin this review of Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls with a personal statement: I have 15 people (relatives, close friends, writers) in my inner circle with strong thoughts about Tyler Perry. Six of them swear by him, nine of them hate his guts. Though I stand firmly in the lat/… Read full post »
Although Slumberland, Paul Beatty’s third novel, is set in Berlin, it has none of the aesthetics one thinks of when they talk about African American Expatriate fiction. The Protagonist, Eugene Sowell (AKA DJ Darky) is a witty, sardonic cad who spins records around Berlin and has none of the pai… Read full post »
Midnight, Sista Souljah’s new novel, embodies both the ugliness and narcotic like appeal of black nationalism. It’s hero, a 14year old killer/ex drug runner/gang lieutenant, functions mostly as a cipher for Souljah’s opinions on racism, islam, the role of women and “the jew&rd… Read full post »
As a black man in America, I can tell you ugly stories of racism, but subtle and no so subtle. I can tell you stories that happened to me as recently as last week. I will not, however, sacrifice my perso… Read full post »
If you could find a primary reason for soul music’s appeal, it would be in how much it derives from history and myth. The contrasting, esoteric concepts surrounding the black church have created a million interpersonal storylines that read like newfound greek mythology; with dramatic the… Read full post »
Don't think of fair play in sports, because that idea is fatuous and romantic.
Dont even think of the art and beauty of a hitter like Henry Aaron, who weighed the size of a large soccer player ( 179 pounds) when he was hitting his home runs.
What I… Read full post »