Back Cover Photo by Eric Payne and Kwabena Foli
Design: Matt Austin
Production: Candor Arts
on god is a book of poetry by Kwabena Foli.
WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR ABOUT ON GOD:
Where you from?
is a question I get often when I’m anywhere else but home while in the middle of an enthralling conversation, and there’s always a look of surprise/intrigue when I tell them…
I’m from Chicago. South Side.
Suddenly, the conversation goes from whatever cool thing we were rapping about to everything Chi-Raq: guns, murder, drill —
a stigma that informs the social conversation & policy affecting our lives today. However, the Chicago I know is more than pop culture’s imagination of it.
what some refer to as gangs, i refer to as neighborhoods;
folk i went to school with.
folk i played basketball with.
folk that protected me from bullies.
folk i fell in love with.
folk i still love.
folk that know my mama’s name just like i know their mama’s name. folk that love being a father.
some still here.
on god is an auto-ethnographic archive of a nuanced Chicago.
the writing here stems from moments / encounters / conversations from my everyday life here, born over a year.
things never forgotten.