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Diasporas, Cultures of Mobilities, ‘Race’ 3

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Corinne Duboin
, 
Claudine Raynaud

Re-Presentations of the Black Subject

We See We

for Hugh Grannum

Melba Joyce Boyd

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Shielded from glare
of sun and imperialism,
a Maasai warrior
nestled in soft shadow
of Mt. Kilimanjaro,
once foretold,
a camera can
steal your soul.

In split-second
shutter speed,
like the swift
gaze of a tribal
priest reading
moonlit irises
shrouded under
a veil of
blue/black light,
we’re caught
in the lens of
Hugh Grannum.
Refracted lines
leaning into
a dancer’s
anticipated leap,
or reaching for
a musician’s breath
exhaling an
inexplicable riff,
or before thought
resonates on
a poet’s tongue,
he frames
our song.

Inside Hugh’s
photographs,
we see we—
our communal soul
seeking beauty
in soft shadow.

© Presses universitaires de la Méditerranée, 2016

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