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Poetry Friday: Neglecting the Flowers by Leonard A. Slade Jr.

Below the poem, see details of a special online reading event with Leonard A. Slade Jr.

Neglecting the Flowers

By Leonard A. Slade Jr.

I work until

midnight, checking

students’ paper,

kissing the moon

until cocks crow.

I write in corners

where silence

speaks loudly

and words drip


sweetening the

days filled with

sorrow. They say

I labor too hard,

teaching and writing,

neglecting the



for growth

at home.

Source: Sweet Solitude: New and Selected Poems, SUNY Press, 2010


Campus Conversations Presents: An Afternoon of Poetry with Dr. Leonard A. Slade Jr.

Professor Slade will hold an online poetry reading, then take questions and answers.

12:30 p.m. Monday, December 5


Leonard A. Slade Jr. is a former professor of Africana Studies, adjunct professor of English,

past director of the Humanistic Studies Doctoral Program and the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program, and Citizen Academic Laureate at the University at Albany.

He has been published in many journals and magazines and is the author of more than 20 books of poetry, including Jazz After Dinner; Triumph; Another Black Voice, A Different Drummer; Fire Burning; Pure Light; and For the Love of Freedom.


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