WASHINGTON — Beginning with gospel baritone, then transitioning into spoken word then back to song, poet Avery R. Young paced back and forth across the stage. He held onto the podium as if it were his only support, then leapt back up with vigor, as he performed one of his poems for the audience of nearly 200 gathered before him in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Let the Words Fly
Once, maybe twice a year I get to let loose
in salty language with others
who once wore the same cloth. We