A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. -W.H. Auden
Enslaved potter Dave produced thousands of beautiful pieces of pottery over the course of his life, a true accomplishment given that the institution of slavery denied most African Americans access to skilled trades. Dave’s pottery is even more extraordinary given that a number of pieces were inscribed with poems he wrote himself at a time when southern states prohibited the education of slaves.
“I believe the world is beautiful and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone. – Roque Dalton, this quote opens that website and the beautiful book, “I Lay My Stitches Down: Poems of American Slavery is the keystone
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." ~Psalm 119:105