When We Arrived presents hologram in effigy a poem by Brad Walrond

i wished—perhaps more than you—
this dark matter thing
was a mere abstraction

i cannot suffer to be your hologram much longer;
this state of affairs simply is not good for either of us.

i was never as invisible as you imagined

alas our sense of smell
accosts our will
drags us all down from
Midwest suburb mountain
flailing into candid camera.

scant latent trace of menses and ash
feces and sweat has lead us all
back here! where?

i am a hologram in effigy!

every one colored blind now close your eyes.
breathe.

that fetid smell all over this land
is our work at hand.

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Poet, writer, performer and activist Brad Walrond was born in Brooklyn New York to first generation Caribbean parents from Barbados. Brad began writing and performing at the age of 24 when he was asked to participate in a theatrical production curated by the legendary entertainer and activist Harry Belafonte.

Shortly thereafter Brad discovered a thriving community of artists, writers and performers at the Sunday Tea Party at Frank’s Lounge in Brooklyn. The Tea Party was an instrumental incubator as Brad honed his craft soon becoming one of the foremost writers and performers of the Black Arts Movement of ‘90s. It was at the Tea Party and other venues like the Brooklyn Moon Café, the Nuyorican Poets Café and numerous venues in and around NYC that Brad had the pleasure of sharing the stage with renowned writers, poets and artists including Abiodun Oyewole of the Last Poets, legendary actress/writer Ruby Dee, Erykah Badu, Saul Williams, Jessica Care Moore, Mos Def, Liza Jesse Peterson, Universes (Then: Mildred Ruiz, Stephen Sapp, Flaco Navaja and Lemon Anderson) and Craig “muMs” Grant.

Brad received his BA at the City College of New York and received a full scholarship to pursue is doctoral studies in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University. He is more than just a poet or a speaker of words; he is a weaver of spells and bringer of passion and light.

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