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2003-01-07

Cyril Lionel Robert James
B. 1.4.01 Tunapuna, Trinidad / D. 5.31.89 Brixton
No Good Reason

Belated recognition (naturally)
of a rat-a-tat repeating marry-er of fine women
and cricket fan
a man after my own heart.
Ellis Island 1952. Imprisoned, facing deportation, facing the loss his place in the American nation
those American women
he writes (for twelve hours a day)
of Melville.
Lights-out. C.L.R. James in his bunk is wakeful: exhausted but jazzed up with good cheer, with gleeful anticipation. He pictures his essay kindling elation and brotherhood’s flames in the bosoms of law-makers. They're sobbing remorse at their breakfast tables; they're beatific at podiums by mid-day. . .not Nello (his nickname) alone, but general amnesty! Now he's getting all teary-eyed too.
(Call him Capra.)
Could Congress fail to be moved? Oh my fellow person.
I’d’a married him.

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