semantikon feature literature
Mar. 2005
La Tasha N. Nevada Diggs
works

AUDIO
biography

Writer, vocalist, and Harlem denizen, Latasha N. Nevada Diggs explores sound through
macaronic verse, language and electronic vocal processing. A fellow of the Cave Canem
Workshop for African American Poets, Latasha has completed residencies at Caldera Art
Space and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center as well as receiving a Zora Neale Hurston
scholarship from Naropa Institute and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship.

Diggs has authored two chap-books, Ichi-Ban: from the files of negríta muñeca linda and Ni-ban:
Villa Misería, produced and wrote for the conceptual audio project, Televisíon, and is the lead electronic vocalist for two bands, the Yohimbe Brothers, fronted by Vernon Reid and DJ Logic and The Beat Kids, fronted by Guillermo E. Brown.

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Blank Cassette

you showcase      the worst      of summer

by noon           the forest      details your scorch
I taste the battery         from your match

alone, I chase the hum of helicopters. make a melody from the evoke of hum
          alone, I sing blue lakes’ din

leave me a rock with some seed. leave me a drop or more.
my name is why

I am here      in pink carpenters      and ashy palms
while rain purees      the soot
I pelican         from couch    to window

          
make a melody from the evoke of hum

leave me rocks with some seed. leave me a drop or more
my name is why

the creek keeps me in pulse           an elegy for peppery char
I whisper                leave me something           something
the volcanic rocks           are      everywhere.

            my terrain dead soon newborns.

leave me rocks with some seed. leave me a drop or more
my name is why

you last whispered a sorrel refrain
I forgot to press record