I am honored to have 2 poems in Volume II of Oye Drum, the sci fi and fantasy issue. About Oye Drum: OyeDrum is a combination of the word Oye, which translates into “Listen Up,” and the word Drum, repurposed by black activist, feminist, performance artist, poet, and secular priestess, Jayne Cortez in response to Duke Ellington’s composition A Drum is a Woman. In her poem If the Drum is a Woman, Cortez personifies the drum into a woman while taking a painful critical look at societal hypocrisy of the treatment and discussion around women, especially women of color, crying out against sexism and violence towards women, while giving solutions in her advisement towards social change in the better treatment of our “drums”:

Oye Drum


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