|Painting by Ivoirian Artist Massogona Sylla|
I was sharing with my son, who is younger than my daughter Sojourner by three years, some of my memories of this woman and some general memories of CI I thought might interest him. He has little memory of his life in his birth country. Even the photographs and paintings dispersed throughout our home that capture our lives there carry no compass for him. We both have come to rely on Sojourner and her own memories and how her poetry resurrects fragments of our lives and the phenomenal people who still sit with us.
|This is a painting of my husband as a child in Abidjan and me as a girl in Philadelphia.|
|Me standing with my husband's favorite musicians: Monk, Ella, Mingus, Miles and Auguste listening to his beloved Billie Holiday. * Richard Tehimou|