If anybody can save this world she’s a woman and is she pissed pre-fabricated domesticated deformed and suppressed underdressed depressed obsessed with herself seduced made ashamed and treacherous made less.
She will raise her voice in hallelujiah! she will raise her eyes and equal to she will raise her fists if she needs to she will know how.
And she will ask:
How if we waste the children who will lead us shall we endure? Why must they atone for the sins of the fathers who sacrifice to their false gods all life for the sake of pride and poor judgement for who owns what who own nothing who know nothing who would have us murder and destroy them and how many of us to save face to prove whose god is great who owns the night whose mighty fist is biggest?
And she will say:
Let my will be done for a change my ways my means my benevolence my praise my rage my rage.
Aralee Strange was the founder and guiding light of Word of Mouth. The first open mic was held upstairs at the Globe on December 2, 2009. Aralee, a poet and playwright, was born on December 5, 1943 in Macon, Georgia, from where at a young age she moved to Birmingham, Alabama. After living and working in Atlanta, Georgia, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and New York City, Aralee then settled for more than twenty years in Cincinnati, Ohio. In March 2007, she moved to Athens, Georgia, and lived there until her passing on June 15, 2013.
THE ROAD ITSELF, the first collection of her work, was published in October 2018 by Dos Madres Press in Cincinnati and is available here.
"The Road Itself rambles through a singular poet’s life and distills the world through her unflinching gaze; its author taking her own measure and the world’s without romantic filters. A 2 a.m. prophet, Strange declares to America, the mean and beautiful,I am an alarm clock / and I am ringing. Even so, there is the medicine of dirt and train song; there is the bandoneon and the saxophone; there is Strange, inviting you, step into the center / shall we dance?” In her life, Aralee drew a circle wherever she lit and pulled in poets from every which way." - Michelle Castleberry