Project Space Social Justice Exhibit and Poetry Reading
From 4-6 on Friday, October 27, there will be an exhibition opening at UAB’s Project Space showcasing student investigations of social justice themes and a reading by Alabama poet Ashley M. Jones.
SONNETT FOR SOPPING
My mother ate with hands instead of forks,
a cone of fingers, collard greens contorted
into a dripping package, seasoning
the cornbread tucked inside––pinto beans
sitting on top. What special flavors hide
inside thumb, index, middle, ring, what slides
through that is lost on the cold teeth of a fork?
Something in a hand says salt, garlic, pork.
It is cast iron, it tastes better with age––
the skin a bouillion, a succulent cage
carried from Africa, to slaves, farmers,
maids and sharecroppers. When did we embrace
the colonial cuffs of silverware
so that even our food assimilates?
–Ashley M. Jones
Published in Magic City Gospel, Hub City Press