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Snowscape With Signature

Written by Valerie Laws for Valerie Laws on no date provided

Abdhur-Rahman Slade Hopkinson’s voice is both romantic and antic, more self-conscious. In ‘Ham in exile’, on a white bust of a black ancestor, he elaborates the ironic choice of material;

Black, shame-faced, sick with self-contempt
Reshapes itself in spiritual white.

Expedient morals manumit
Hands, but can I do the same for mind,
Bleached in the school that tutored it.

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