Marvin X is the USA's Rumi!--Bob Holman,Bowery Poetry Club, New York City

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

You Don't Know Me

    You don't know me
    you had a chance to know me
    before we made love
    you had a chance to know my mind
    understand my fears
    learn about issues
    help me heal some things
    but you wanted to make love
    so you don't know me
    we made love
    but you don't know me
    don't have a clue
    think I'm a good dick
    or you some good tight pussy
    but you don't know me
    and never will now
    because you wanted to make love
    you wanted to get a nut
    we didn't even talk much
    a little bit leading up to sex
    I went along
    I was horny too
    but you don't know me
    and I don't know you
    now we never will
    we blew it forever
    because we made love
    too fast too quick too soon
    now you think you own me
    I can't breathe
    can't talk on the phone to friends
    because we made love
    because I gave you some dick
    you gave me some pussy
    now I'm no longer human
    I'm your love slave
    you my slave
    we're in love but you don't know me
    we gonna get married
    but you don't know me
    we're gonna have children
    but you don't know me
    you're gonna beat my ass
    but you don't know me
    you're going to jail
    but you don't know me
    we're getting a divorce
    but you don't know me
    now we're friends "Just Friends" Charlie Parker tune
    But you don't know me and never will.
    --Marvin X

    from the Mythology of Love, aka Mythology of Pussy and Dick by Marvin X, Black Bird
    Press, Berkeley, 2013.

    Friday, May 27, 2011

    Mythology of Love, A Poetic Womanhood and Manhood Rite of Passage by Marvin X

    Marvin X reads with Phavia Kujichagulia and Rashidah Sabreen Videographer and editor, Mr. Ken Johnson A scene from Marvin X's 1981 classic play In the Name of Love, starring Zahieb Mwongozi, Ayodele Nzinga and Doris Knight video from the archives of Leon Teasley
    Marvin X is the USA's Rumi!--Bob Holman He's Plato teaching on the Streets of Oakland. His play One Day in the Life is the most powerful drama I've seen.--Ishmael Reed A symphony conductor in the manner of Sun Ra. One of America's great story tellers. Maybe second to Mark Twain. Of course I'd place Marvin X ahead of him even.--Rudolph Lewis One of the founders and innovators of the revolutionary school of African writing.--Amiri Baraka His writing is orgasmic. He reaches in and pulls from a life lived hard, deep, wide, high and low, i.e., a sacrifice in blood. At the root of sacrifice is sacred, which is of God and for God. He has lived and examined the lives of the proverbial 10,000 black men and women...and gives us the truth of that experience, lived and examined.--Fahizah Alim, writer emeritus, Sacramento Bee Marvelous Marvin X!--Dr. Cornell West Still the undisputed King of Black Consciousness!--Dr. Nathan Hare
    Marvin X is a human earthquake! He's known for putting together extravaganzas that border on creative chaos! But there's a method to his madness!
    --Kalamu ya Salaam
    Blues man Augusta Collins There are more African Americans under correctional control today--in prison or jail, on probation or parole--than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. If you take into account prisoners, a large majority of African American men in some urban areas, like Chicago, have been labeled felons for life. These men are part of a growing under caste, not class, caste--a group of people who are permanently relegated, by law, to an inferior second-class status. They can be denied the right to vote, automatically excluded from juries, and legally discriminated against in employment, housing, access to education and public benefits--much as their grandparents and great-grandparents once were during the Jim Crow era.--Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow I must have Destiny in Mythology of Love. She understands where I'm coming from artistically and spiritually. We just need funding to keep our artists spreading joy. If you would like to help make this production happen, let me know Destiny Muhammad Harpist of the Hood
    Tentative Cast for Mythology of Love by Marvin X
    Dancers/choreographers Linda Johnson Raynetta Rayzetta, and drummer Val Serant are expected to participate in Mythology of Love And it hurts like brand new shoes. Poet Ptah Mitchell Minister of Ceremony Hunia Bradley Poet, Musician Phavia Kujichagulia Actress, poet, director Ayodele Nzinga Actress, poet Aries Jordan

    Producer/poet Marvin X and Violinist Tarika Lewis

    Vocalist/Actress Mechelle LaChaux Video link to Mechelle reading Parable of the Cell Phone (caution--Contains adult language): For his Mythology of Love, a poetic manhood and womanhood rites of passage, Marvin X has chosen Nature Boy and Beautiful Flower as essential songs.The ritual will be performed by members of the First Poet's Church of the Latter Day Egyptian Revisionists. Date and place to be announced. Invited artists include singer Mechelle LaChaux, violinist Tarika Lewis, harpist Destiny Muhammad, percussionist Tacuma King, guitarist Augusta Collins, O'Town Passions singing group, poets Phavia Kujichagulia, Ayodele Nzinga, Aries Jordan, Ptah Allah El and Paradise; choreographers Linda Johnson and Raynetta Rayzetta. Actors Geoffrey Grier, Eugene Allen and Jermaine Marsh. Libations by Rev. Mutima Imani, Minister of Ceremony Hunia Bradley. Scene designer Renaldo Ricketts. Associate Producer Geoffrey Grier Producers include Center of Hope Church, Post Newspaper Group, Lower Bottom Playaz, San Francisco Recovery Theatre and Conway Jones, Jr. If you or your organization would like to be a sponsor, please contact Marvin X: Tentative Order of Ritual 1. Welcome, Hunia Bradley 2. Libation, Rev. Mutima Imani 3. Pearls/For the Women, Mechele LaChaux, Marvin X 4. Phavia Kujichagulia, YoYoYo 5. Woman in the Box, Alona Clifton, dannce, Raynetta Rayzetta 6. Beautiful Flower, Destiny Muhammad, Tarika, Tacuma 7. Aries Jordan, Vagina Monologue 8. Ayodele Nzinga, Bathroom Graffitti Queen by Opal Palmer Adisa 9. Mechele LaChaux, Woman on the Cell Phone 15 Minute Intermission 10. Augusta Collins, song, M.A.N., Miles from Nowhere 11. Derrick Hughes, A Man's World 12. Marvin X, For the Men 13. Ptah Allah El, Aries Jordan, Confession of a Wife Beater, Testimony 14. O'Town Passions, Ten Commandments of Love 15. Parable of a Real Woman, Rev. Brandon Reems and Bishop Ernestine Reems 16. Mechelle LaChaux, Destiny Muhammad, Tacuma, Tarika, Nature Boy 17. Marvin X, In the Name of Love 18. Geoffrey Grier, Q and A