Sunday, July 12, 2020

I, Too by Langston Hughes by BJ Neblett

I, Too by Langston Hughes

Hello again. Seems I've been a bit remiss about posting here lately. Sorry about that, but I have no one to blame but myself... and maybe my publisher. I've been working hard to get my latest book finished. It is book two of the Planet Alt-Sete-Nine saga, titled Planet Alt-Sete-Nine: The Lost Princess. We are hoping for an early 2021 release. I'll keep you posted.
In the mean time I'll be posting here hopefully with a bit more regularity. Since there are many more who can, and have said it better than I ever can, here is the first of poems from others that still hold a strong relativity today. And after all, isn't that what good writing is all about?
Enjoy,
BJ

I, Too
by Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

Tomorrow,
I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"
Then.

Besides,
They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed---

I, too, am America.

For more about Langston Hughes: Langston Hughes
Thanks to poetryfoundation.org

Monday, May 18, 2020

Graduation 2020 by BJ Neblett


Graduation
BJ Neblett
© 1970, 2020

Out of darken corners
Of beauty and of light
We send you forth our battles
To fight with guns of knowledge
To defend your wisdom walls
Built upon books of learning
Mortared by trials and falls
Of ideas seeking ideas
Of thoughts seeking minds
To plant the seed of knowledge
To seek and yet to find
The war not nearly over
The battle’s just begun
And heroes being made of those
Who dare to think as one


Congratulations and hang in there. You are the better world of tomorrow.

Peace,
BJ

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

New Book Release And A Retraction

My new memoir, Ice Cream Camelot has been released as a paperback, although it may be ten days to two weeks before it is available in book stores and on line including Amazon.com.
But more importantly, the back cover of the book and the press release contain a quote attributed to, but not from author KJ McPike. KJ is a talented writer, with two great must read Young Adult books currently out: Xodus and Nemesis, both available through Amazon. KJ's quote should have read: "Neblett paints a vivid picture of the 1960s that will make readers feel like they are right there with him."

Peace,
BJ