“Children, I said to her. For the first little while, they not exactly human, you don't find?”
Nalo Hopkinson

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ruth Forman is November's Poet.

There has been no public news about the search for the murderer(s) of Phylicia Barnes.  Phylicia Barnes is the teenager who came to Baltimore to visit her sister last Christmas and went missing.  Her body was found naked in the Susquehanna river around Conowingo Dam in April 2011.  Somebody knows what happened to her.  Those of you who know something about this should think about what could happen as a result of your silence.  Someone else could be killed.  Why would you want to be a part of something so depraved and vile?   If you know something please contact the police.  Do it anonymously if you have to. Whoever did this evil deed needs to be locked up for the protection of the public.  You have to know this girl did not deserve this.  Neither does her family and friends.  Just imagine if she were your baby, sister, niece, friend.

As you know, my way of dealing with the black-hearted horror of this beautiful young woman's foul killing is poetry.  Even after death Phylicia Barnes has influence.  Ain't that something? 

The poet for the month of November is Ruth Forman.  Ruth Forman is a poet, teacher, and screenwriter whose work is contained in too many anthologies to name.  She caught my attention with her calm beautiful bearing, and the wisdom held within her words when I saw this video last year.  How could I have never heard of her?

Did I say she also practices karate?  Thank goodness this world is full of such absolutely amazing people.  It helps.

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