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Say it Loud: Poems about James Brown

Say it Loud: Poems about James Brown

Edited by: Mary E. Weems, and Thomas Sayers Ellis

We grew up on James Brown’s hit me! When he danced
every young Black man wanted to move, groove and look
like him. Mr. Brown wasn’t called the hardest
workingman in show business because he wasn’t.
Experiencing a James Brown show was like getting your
favorite soul food twice, plus desert. His songs, like
black power fists you could be proud of and move to at
the same time. When Mr. Brown sang make it funky we
sweated even in the wintertime. Losing him was like
losing somebody in our family. This is a shout out for
poems about the impact James Brown had on our lives.
Poems that will help people remember, honor, and
celebrate his legacy. Don’t be left in a cold sweat,
send us your old and new James Brown poems today.

Submission Guidelines:

· 3-5 Unpublished and/or published poems with
acknowledgement included.
· No longer than 73 lines
· Deadline: December 31, 2007 (Receipt not postmark)
· Send hard copies along with a Word Document and
short bio on a CD to:
Dr. Mary E. Weems

English Department

John Carroll University

20700 North Park Blvd.

University Hts., Ohio 44118
· Send via e-mail attachment (Word Documents Only) to:, and

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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