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I will never understand the spirit of my ancestors, but I know it. I know it lives in me. And though fear insists on itself, I intend to acknowledge this spirit as one that overcomes us. I write because my writing mind is the only chance I have of becoming the manifestation of their hope. I write because my writing mind is the only chance I have of becoming what the living dead are for me. I exist because I was impossible for someone else to be before me.

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Jericho Brown, Author of Please and Winner of the National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for Poetry, the American Book Award, and the Whiting Writers’ Award.

http://jerichobrown.com/

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