Elvis Alves

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Elvis Alves was born in Guyana and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He is a graduate of Colgate University and Princeton Theological Seminary. His work has appeared in several journals and magazines, including Sojourners, Rufous Salon, Caribbean Writer Journal, and The Applicant. Elvis is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet. He is the author of Bitter Melon and the chapbook Ota Benga. His most recent book is I Am No Battlefield But A Forest Of Trees Growing (Franciscan University Press, 2018), winner of the Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Prize.

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Elvis Alves Rouchswalwe. Thanks for checking in, and for the question. Yes. I do cook. I love to cook. But I am most curious about the process of cooking. I see…moreRouchswalwe. Thanks for checking in, and for the question. Yes. I do cook. I love to cook. But I am most curious about the process of cooking. I see cooking as a science. One creates when one cooks, so it's an art form to me (like writng poetry:) I also see it as tying one to a specific culture or location. This was on my mind when I wrote the verse that you quoted. What do the foods I cook and eat say about me, about where I am from? So, food serves a very important role in my writing. You can say that it's like a historical document that I search for meaning (along with being scientific). I do a similar thing with music and with language. (less)
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Black Moses
The man with chain on neckcrosses my path.
“Black Moses,” he says and walksaway.
I follow him, and chain.
He turns left.Then left again,
back to where westarted.
“Black Moses,” he says,and walks away.
I follow him.
But this time yell,“set thy people free!”
He stops, looks at me,picks up the chain,
and tosses it at me.
It turns to a ball of fire.             Deep in my soul.          &... Read more of this blog post »
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“The world is like a Mask dancing. If you want to see it well, you do not stand in one place.”
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the truth is furiously knocking.”
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