“Autobiographies do not form
indisputable authorities. They are always incomplete, and often unreliable.
Eager as I am to put down the truth, there are difficulties; memory fails
especially in small details, so that it becomes finally but a theory of my
life, with much forgotten and misconceived, with valuable testimony but often
less than absolutely true, despite my intention to be frank and fair.” --
The life and work of the late, great writer James Baldwin occupies a central place of importance in my own life and intellectual work. Each year on his birthday (August 2), I present images and haiku based on my understanding and interpretation of his influence. I have added a couple of new thoughts, followed by some from the previous collection.