Cornbread, Fish and Collard Greens:: Prayers, Poems & Affirmations for People Living with Hiv/Aids

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AuthorHouse, Aug 30, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 616 pages
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Khafre K. Abif has been thriving with HIV for 24 years, and is a father of two college aged young men. He holds a masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Abif is the Founder/Executive Director of Cycle for Freedom, a national mobilizing campaign founded in 2010, to reduce the spread of HIV among African Americans and Latinos. During the 75-day campaign, Cycle for Freedom will engage fourteen (14) African American and Latino communities along the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route by developing strategies designed to increase HIV testing, and confront HIV-related stigma, homophobia, and lack or mis-education. www.cycleforfreedom.org Abif is one of five men in the inaugural class of The HEALTH (Health Executive Approaches to Leadership and Training in HIV) Seminar Program, a year long program designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and abilities for assuming leadership/management positions in the field of health with a particular focus on HIV for the next generation of African American MSM leaders and community based organizational practices. Abif also serves as Community Educator/Test Counselor for ONE Life of Pittsburgh, PA, as well as the Georgia HIV Prevention Community Planning Group. He formerly served on the Pennsylvania HIV Prevention Community Planning Group and was the Community Co-Chair for the New Jersey HIV Prevention Community Planning Group where he ensured PIR for the group. As a librarian, Abif managed Childrens Services for Brooklyn Public Library and was the first recipient of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Dr. John C. Tyson Emerging Leader Award. As former Director of the Langston Hughes Library for the Childrens Defense Fund (CDF) at the former Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee, Abif was responsible for meeting the librarys mission to serve as the intellectual commons of the movement to Leave No Child Behind. Publications include co-editing with Teresa Y. Neely, In Our Own Voices: The Changing Face of Librarianship, and is contributing author in the anthologies Poor People and Library Services, and Handbook of Black Librarianship. Forthcoming work includes Raising Kazembe, and Fall to Grace. Visit Abif at TheBody.com http://www.thebody.com/content/art60852.html
 

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Contents

Am I HIV?
276
Irosun Owori
279
Dear HIV
281
Enclosed by Disclosure
282
Im Drowning
285
Joshua Rosarios Reality
286
My Prayer Was   
288
Forgive Self
289

Jesus Wept
18
I Wanna Feel Free To Love
19
Lifeguard
20
Wavering Faith
23
Pass Me Not O Gentle Savior
24
I Am the One Who Keeps the Fire Burning
25
Dear HIV
26
Dear HIVAIDS Survivor
27
Dandelions
31
Strange Gift
34
I Got Shoes Heavn Heavn
36
Today
38
Psalm 23
41
When I Stand among Activists
42
Rocking Chair
43
Get Up
46
Mama I Got It
47
Yesterdays Anger
48
How Do You Show Up?
50
Awakening
52
Dear Vees HIV
54
Who Am I?
55
Destined or Willed
58
Yoruba Wisdom Poem
59
Umbrellas
60
Dont
61
Grave
63
A Beautiful Good Morning
64
Dear HIV
66
The Fight
69
Emotions High as Tears Dry
71
The BoneDry Men
72
Picking a Bone with Mr Freedom
73
Our Lost Loves
75
When The Moon is Full and You Remember
76
I Too Know What I Am Not
78
Francine Francis age 13 Red Hook Housing Projects Brooklyn NY
79
Hey VIH
81
A Prayer for Support
87
Seasons Change
89
I Wonder
92
Anagnorisis
93
AIDS Is A Trick
94
My Package
97
Love Me
100
I Look into Your Eyes
101
Becoming Great
102
Psalm 139
103
Immaculate
105
Deliverance Deserved
106
A Diagnosis
107
Psalm 30
109
RUSH
111
Coat of Light
112
The Chosen Ones
116
5153 Christopher Street
118
Death Is for the Dead
120
HIVAIDS Is Just A Disease
124
Series of Joshua Part 1
126
Dear HIV
128
We the Mouths of This Generation
129
HIV Reflection
133
Angels
136
I Sing
137
Traditional Jewish Prayer
138
Anonymous
139
Blue
141
Band of Characters
144
Circles
145
Testimony
146
Yoruba Wisdom Poem
148
Zama on Mama
149
Psalm 40
151
You Are The Brave
154
Psalm 116
155
Dear HIV
157
Lord
159
The Master
160
Follow Your Bliss
161
Still Grieving
162
Mercy Mercy Me
167
NowTo See A Heart
169
I Want to Cry
173
Gospel
174
Dear HIV
177
Have the Courage To Overcome
179
Comfort of GOD
180
How Many Other Existences Are Out There?
182
Survivors Guilt
184
Uncumo
187
Grace
189
While He Is Knitting You Together
191
Be Safe Not Sorry
192
So Many Things I Dreamt To Be
194
Medicine
195
Everyone Is In A Struggle
197
Human Body Emission
198
Bloodsong
200
AIDS
202
Dear HIV
204
Who Can I Tell?
208
Healing
209
I Won I Won
210
10
211
How Great I Am
212
I Am
213
Yoruba Wisdom Poem
215
Mental Incarceration
216
Umthandazo kaLisa
219
Dear HIV
221
If Im Alone
225
Psalm 91
227
Almighty
229
Peace
231
My Love Letter to You Jesus
232
Black SameGenderLoving gay HIV and the Real Deal
233
Tragedy
238
Embrace Your Afflictions
239
Up From The Grave Clothes
241
Help Me
243
Can You Make A Difference?
246
O Triune God
248
Do You Know Who?
249
Insomnia
253
I Shared She No Longer Touched Me
256
AIDS Was Always Just A Word
257
Souls Serenade
258
Dear HIV
259
Baba
260
His Grace
262
Cherry Cherry Cherry
263
As We Wake Up
265
Learn To Love Yourself
266
Riddle
268
Diagnosis
270
Conversation
271
You Just Never Know
273
I Dont Think You Miss Me
274
I Am Loved
291
Instructions on Being Five Years Old Again
292
Yoruba Wisdom Poem
295
Psalm 138
296
HIV Is Temporary
297
Yiba uwena
298
Living As A Black Male
299
Dear HIV
302
Promises of GOD to His People
305
We Wear the Mask
307
Black Mother
308
The Lords Prayer
309
Ill Take You Through
313
Depressing at Times
314
Dear HIV
315
Where Do I Fit In?
319
Little Prayers As I See You
321
Tezis Fear
322
That Day
324
In Our Darkest Hour
335
Aint Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Round
337
A New Culture
338
Eviction Notice
340
In Progress
342
Ironically Positive
343
Up From Here
344
My God
345
Never Alone
347
Dear HIV
348
Once
351
Yoruba Wisdom Poem
353
Parthenogenesis
354
memories 248250 starrin big mama
356
Llegó la Hora de la Verdad
359
Psalm 126
361
Shadow Cast Kite Twister
362
Fly Eaglet Fly
365
The Battle of the Heart and the Mind
366
Lines To My Father
367
State of Mind
368
Dear HIV
370
Status
373
Untitled for the community
375
30 Days At A PillLiberated
379
I Lay My Head Down
381
Sometimes Life
382
Thandis Song
383
My Sister My Sister
384
Dear Friend
386
Sewing Clothes
388
HELL Is Waiting
390
Count Your Blessings
392
When I Die
394
Home
398
Poison Faggotry Fire
399
Pinching Myself
406
Psalm 139
408
We Belong to Each Other A Meditation of Faith Health and AIDS
410
Eviction
412
My Guiding Light
413
Our Eyes Met on Christopher Street
415
Arrested Voice
417
Poem from Egun
419
We Shall Not Be Moved
420
Whos Listening
422
The Three Ps
424
Im Alive
426
Yoruba Wisdom Poem
427
Oracle Grove
428
I Know My Soul
429
The Faithfulness of God
430
Testimony
431
The Royal I
433
In Lower Case Letters
434
More Than a Statistic
435
When Our BaBa Was Alive
436
Dear HIV
438
Rise Up Against All Odds
439
I Forgive Myself
440
One Sermon
442
Purpose
443
Resource
444
Regaining Momentum
448
She Sits
452
Scarred
453
Psalm 121
455
Dear HIV
456
Rise Up Against All Odds
458
Arise and Live Again
459
Selfish
461
In Our Own Little Way
463
Eye To Eye With My Soul
464
Balloons
466
Surrender to Me
468
The Revolution Will Not Be Penetrated
469
I Still Feel Their Pain
474
Dear HIV
475
Chuchas Last Christmas
477
Journey
479
The Story of Peter Paul
481
Uncertain
493
Our Prayer List
494
Yoruba Wisdom Poem
495
I Looked and Saw History Caught
496
Good morning HIV
497
Through the Glade
498
The Eyes Of My Regret
499
Does HIV Look Like Me?
500
The End
502
Women of Job
504
LINCONTRO
506
Still Standing
508
Was Infected?
510
Beauty
511
A Love Story
512
Thandi Remembers Some Things
517
Dear HIV
519
The Components of Dust
520
Prayer
521
I Live
522
Psalm 125
523
Who Am I Speaking to Today?
524
The Light
525
As We Walk Upon the Earth
527
Psalm 102
528
Cuando tocas mi lengua
531
Little By Little
536
Psalm 124
537
Heavy In My Thoughts
538
When Will the Sun Bring Back the Day?
540
The Griot
542
Yoruba Wisdom Poem
544
If We Must Die
546
The Prayer of Protection
547
About The Editor
549
About The Contributors
551
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