Category Archives: Provenance: North America

Clasics in Ñspel: MOTHER TO SON, by Langston Hughes

MUƉR TU SUN

Lañstn Hȳz

Wel, sun, I’l tel y:
Lîf fr m e’nt bn no cristl ster.
It’s hd tacs in it,
N splintrz,
N bōrdz torn p,
N plesz wɖ no carpit on ɖ flor –
Bér.

Bt ol ɖ tîm
I’z bn a-clîmin on,
N rīćin landinz,
N trnin cornrz,
N smtmz gowin in ɖ darc
Ẃr ɖr e’nt bn no lît.

So bô, d’nt y trn bac.
D’nt y set dǎn on ɖ steps
Coz y fîndz it’s cînda hard.
D’nt y fōl nǎ –
Fr I’z stl gowin, huni,
I’z stl clîmin,
N lîf fr m e’nt bn no cristl ster.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

About Artists: CORIN SWORN

About Poets: SYLVIA PLATH

Clasics in Ñspel: DAYBREAK IN ALABAMA, by Langston Hughes

DÊBREC IN AḶBAMA

Lañstn Hȳz

Ẃn I gt t b a culrd cmpozr
I’m gna rait m sm ḿzic abt
Dêbrec in Aḷbama
N I’m gna pt ɖ prdiist soñz in it
Rîzñ ǎt v ɖ grǎnd lîc a swompmist
N fōlñ ǎt v hevn lîc soft dȳ
I’m gna pt sm tōl tōl triz in it
N ɖ sént v pîņīdlz
N ɖ smel v red cle aftr ren
N loñ red necs
N popi culrd fesz
N big brǎn armz
N ɖ fīlḑeizi îz
V blac n ẃît blac ẃît blac ppl
N I’m gna pt ẃît handz
N blac handz n brǎn n yelo handz
N red cle rʈ handz in it
Tućñ evrbdi wɖ cînd fngrz
Tućñ ć uɖr naćṛl az dȳ
In ɖt dōn v ḿzic ẃn I
Gt t b a culrd cmpozr
N rait abt dêbrec
In Aḷbama.

CLASICS IN ÑSPEL

About Poets: ANNE STEVENSON

About Poets: THOMAS KINSELLA

About Artists: PETER DOIG

About Artists: LISA MILROY

About Artists: CHANTAL JOFFE

About Artists: ZADIE XA