Love Life

Kurtis Lamkin

Kurtis Lamkin is a poet who plays the Kora, a beautiful West African instrument. He has performed at the Apollo Theater, Lincoln Center, Town Hall Theater on Broadway, the Dodge Poetry Festival, Spoleto, and many other venues around the US. His latest recording, “Love Life,” is available at

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El Shabazz - "Rosa Rose "(press album cover to play)

Queen of Carolina - "Man Burnin" (press album cover to play)

Magic Yams - "Good Hands" (press album cover to play)




Folks who look like me

 I usually make grits for folks who look like me.

This morning I made some for folks who didn't look like me.

There were too many. Nobody looked like me.

This one was making kimchi for folks who looked like her.

This one was making lamb saag for folks who looked like him.

This one was making ladyfish benichine for folks who looked like her.

All were beautiful with their eyes and noses and knees.

But they didn't look like me.

I brought grits back home to folks who looked like me.

They had gorgeous eyes and beautiful noses and knees.

But they no longer looked like me.

They didn't look like each other either.

They looked like themselves.

And some of them, incredible as it may seem, don't like grits.








Quilts, Catherine Lamkin, Kebe`, Kurtis, Kora


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