Brother AACOOLDRE : How Frank Marshall Davis poem 47th street might be typologically linked with Obama’s poem “Pop”?

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    How Frank Marshall Davis poem 47th street might be typologically linked with Obama’s poem “Pop”?

    1. The mentioning of Orphan Annie and Popeye (Anne is Obama’s mother’s name)

    2. A Green bus that snorts

    3. Spotted soul of a straining street

    4. A canal flowing in Mathematically precise channels

    5. Impending death of a woman

    So what do we have in Obama’s “Pop” poem?:

    1. The Pop & Popeye comparison. All throughout the Pop poem Obama several times talks about his eyes.

    2. A Green young man who pulls out a mirror from under a seat he has been saving. This is an allusion to a line of cocaine to be snorted through the nose.

    3. A spot on the brain that may be squeezed out

    4. Twice he states Pop “Switches channels”

    5. Pop recites an old poem before his mother died

    Some how some way my book Poor Dre’s Almanac was hacked into and this information was edited out. I’ve now updated my book to put all of this information back in. I’m glad they did this because I re-read both poems and found more information to link up.With that said I’m posting Frank Marshall Davis poem 47th street in its full text:

    47th Street

    By Frank Marshall Davis

    From hollow backs

    Of uneasy packhorse buses

    Whinnying nervously

    At 47th street street intersections

    In Chicago’s Congo

    Caucasian faces peer momentarily

    In curious contempt

    Then turn back to “Orphan Annie”, “Popeye”

    News of the juiciest murders

    Or bargain basement sales

    Unconsciously sure of superiority

    Within furnished apartment minds

    As green buses snort

    From gasoline spurs

    Then gallop on.


    But a new moon

    Lingering longer

    Sees the spotted soul

    Of this straining street



    I have watched a new moon crawl

    Like a pale and eager child

    To a lean building

    And rest its white face

    On the creased dark edge

    Then look in platinum wonder

    Upon the restless canal

    Of 47th street below

    Flowing in mathematically precise channels

    Between cement walks.


    Besides the beds of the deathly sick

    Like an aged angel

    Bathing souls with purple prayers

    Refusing to leave before life left

    And the town that had known her

    Only as a name and gray-haired virgin

    Now praised her unselfishness

    Shared its most fragile secrets

    And erected its new hospital in her honor


    But it was not for these things

    That Samantha Wilson labored


    Knowing death eyed her closely

    Dreading eternity friendless

    She was arranging for companions

    Among the fatally sick she’d tended

    To be watchfully waiting

    In that misty place

    Beyond the grave.


     
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    HOW Obama’s Poem links to his house visits with Frank Davis:

    His real father

    Pop (written in 1981 at Occidental College issue of Feast recalling his visit to Frank Davis house in 1979 before he left for college). I present the Davis/Obama antedotes:

    By Barack Obama

    Sitting in his seat, a seat broad and broken

    In, sprinkled with ashes,

    Pop switches channels, takes another

    Shot of Seagrams, neat, and asks

    (neat=straight whiskey) [this opening line matches “Hesitation blues Frank Davis loved to recite]

    What to do with me, a green young man

    Who fails to consider the

    Flim and flam of the world, since

    Things have been easy for me;

    I stare hard at his face, a stare

    That deflects off his brow;

    I'm sure he's unaware of his

    Dark, watery eyes, that

    Glance in different directions,

    And his slow, unwelcome twitches,

    Fail to pass.

    I listen, nod,

    Listen, open, till I cling to his pale,

    Beige T-shirt, yelling,

    Yelling in his ears, that hang

    With heavy lobes, but he's still telling

    His joke, so I ask why

    He's so unhappy, to which he replies . . .

    But I don't care anymore, cause

    He took too **** long, and from

    Under my seat, I pull out the

    Mirror I've been saving; I'm laughing,

    (mirror for a line of cocaine?)

    Laughing loud, the blood rushing from his face

    To mine, as he grows small,

    A spot in my brain, something

    That may be squeezed out, like a

    Watermelon seed between

    Two fingers.

    Pop takes another shot, neat, [Neat means straight without water or ice]

    Points out the same amber

    Stain on his shorts that I've got on mine and

    Makes me smell his smell, coming [In book he smells the breath of Davis]

    From me; he switches channels, recites an old poem

    He wrote before his mother died, [Gramps mom died when he was 8 in 1926 Davis was 20 in 1925 and he wrote poems in high school and college]

    Stands, shouts, and asks

    For a hug, as I shink, my [This hug is called embrace with Old man in Dreams from my Father p302 Shink =literally means “to be hit in the face with a penis”]

    ("shink" can mean in urban slang to become awkward.)

    Arms barely reaching around

    His thick, oily neck, and his broad back; 'cause [ Black men have oily necks not white]

    I see my face, framed within

    Pop's black-framed glasses

    And know he's laughing too.


    -- Barack Obama
     
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