Friday, August 29, 2008

Manifest (A 24-Hour Post)

manifest 1 |ˈmanəˌfest|

clear or obvious to the eye or mind.

verb [ trans. ]
display or show (a quality or feeling) by one's acts or appearance; demonstrate.


"For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will."
~1 Corinthians 12:8-11


Photo Credit: Damon Winter/New York Times

"They do not measure themselves against black people or white people; if anything, they learn to walk and talk in the presence of DuBois, Hurston, Hughes, Toomer, Attaway, Wright, and others--when they bite their pillows at night these spirits comfort them."

~Alice Walker, on the correctness of the "incorrect," 1973

Am I using women to embody a man? Perhaps...but woman-spirits speak to me. It is the only experience I know. And it is apt, no? They remind me that there is power in the borderlands. "Only he could have, only now...."

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