by Bobbie Wallace Wright
Bobbie Wallace Wright
African American Review
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Bobbie Wallace Wright recently completed her Master of Liberal Arts degree at Houston Baptist University. She teaches in Houston's Writers in the Schools Program, working with elemen- tary students in the classroom and The Menil Collection.

Elizabeth Catlett: Grace against Gravity
It comes of clay, wood and stone,
carried, refined, molded somehow
into one great moment
that never stops talking;
everything has its own language,
mahogany a sure cousin, bronzed
clays fired into busts;

But the marbles . . .
make their presence known;
like God, his first words to man
etched deep, effects to last,
impressions to reach minds
bereft of the basic principles,
Thou shalt . . . ;
It needs no preening oils, or dandy
glaze, the marble speaks in ways
a figure can understand;

The marble unites color, form, line
with infinity's vast hand,
lines, form, colors of unknown origin,
opulent like shimmering sand;

The marble casts, reflects,
holds light tight unlike any other thing
dug out, laid down, lifted up;
it has its own breathlessness,
it renders the eye mute,
carries and ties life in unusual patterns,
demanding its freedom;

The marble touches that which touches
its own self, never clinging
but seeking the freedom to be
the idea, the image, infinity's great gift . . .
the freedom to breathe . . .

African American Review, Volume 33, Number 4 680 O 1999 Bobbie Wallace Wright

Francisco Mora: Reflections-Geometry & Color Take the Floor
They dance, the colors, they balance, each cradling proportions of the other, moving without notice, coming together gently, like love, like living is meant to be, a fragile beauty wrapped in warm light, cool breezes, each one eases across a rectangular sky, as close as the mouth to the eye, no translation, free speech, agile assonances sweep subtle melodies around vertical floors, in uniform ways geometry plays, stays like sweet memories of your only true love inside each frame, every unspoken word falls like a whisper, every thought calls you by name, as if, you are no longer, never were, strangers.

University of Alaska-Anchorage
Department of English

Assistant Professor of English, Deparbnent of Engllsh, PCN: 301254, FT, Tenure-track, Bi-partite, 9 months/yr. Salary commensurate with academic preparation and experience up to a maximum of $36,997.

Qualifications:This is an entry-level position. Completed Ph.D. (by 7/15/00) in the field of Composition and Rhetoric or the equivalent. Demonstrated ability to advance the department's integration of technology into teaching and research, including web-page development. Demonstrated ability to teach professional/ technical communication. Additional experience teaching ethnic literature desirable. Review of appli- cations begins November 8,1999.

Complete vacancy announcement available through UAA Human Resource Services Administration Building, Suite 245,3211 Providence Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508-8136, or on our website: www.~iaa.alaska.edu/humanres/current.html.

Voice (907) 786-4608, TTY

(907) 786-1420, Fax (907) 786-4727.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. UAA is an AA/EO Employer and Educational Institution. Must be eligible for employ- ment under the Immigration Reform and Control Act as amended 1990. Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure.

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