Selected Visitor Comments (1998)

Here’s a “greatest hits” collection of e-mail from years past. Click on the “e-mail” heading above right to send mail to us!
Note: Our latest threads for the year 2005 and beyond are now in our Blog.

From: “Sue King-Smith.” []
To: “Bryan Wilhite” []
Subject: Ian Irvine
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 1998 11:29:06 +1100

Hi Bryan,

Thanks for the publishing the poems and making the page look so good - I’m delighted with the presentation. Thanks for the speel too - you’re pretty accurate in terms of the comments about style, the pieces were concieved as page and performance pieces ... they go down quite well over here in the pubs and nightclubs.

Best wishes, will keep watching the Kintespace for poets and commentary.

Ian Irvine


To: Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 12:17:42
From: Darryl Dickson-Carr (
Subject: Re: Haley’s Comet: Thursday, August 13, 1998

Hey, cool stuff on kinte space these days. I started listening to Chideya’s interview at work. Glad you’ve linked to that.

I intend to find a way to get my computer-literate students to listen to that and/or have them read her book (I’ve already read it).



Date: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 19:16:10 -0800
To: “Bryan D. Wilhite” []
From: Anitra Freeman []
Subject: Re: Haley’s Comet: Wednesday, July 22, 1998

At 5:24 PM -0800 7/22/98, Bryan D. Wilhite wrote:
I have been literally laboring under the assumption that kinte “space people” wanted to see more than the words of the poem. Visitors to the kinte space wanted to see a poem presented with an “environment” that adds to the mood of the piece. (Back in 1996 “environment” meant multimedia software downloads.)

Working toward this ideal I got very deep in technology. My technological research took a great deal of time. It also led to a major career change from a professional writer at one corporation to professional computer programming in another—that took even more time away from publishing poetry.

I feel that now most of that journey is over but there were some heavy casualties along the way. Losing track of StreetWrites’ poetry was one (of many) of those casualties.

But as a result, being published in Kinte Space came like a pleasant surprise out of nowhere. And it sounds like we were part of the stimulus that led to a lot of development on your part—it’s interesting, isn’t it? I’ve learned a lot from the beginning, when I started the first StreetWrites website using a white-on-black text terminal, to now when I work with a scanner and Photoshop and MIDIs and frames—still trying to keep the basic writing accessible to everyone.

If I could find everything I lost in files in 1996—or at other times — maybe I could feel morally superior to you, but I can’t. I’m just tickled pink that you’re adding another creative outlet to the Web. Congratulations on all your hard work.

Anitra L. Freeman, Dances With Dragons,
for a full list of projects and websites, because if I list them all here you are going to be *so* mad at me...

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Street Writers’ Poetry is found! Check it out!


Date: Thu, 06 Aug 1998 14:20:58
From: Tony Foley (
Subject: A Poor People’s Poem

Great poem by Olga Angelina Garcia! I can understand how much better it would be read aloud, but her voice jumped into my head straight from the screen anyway.

Best wishes

Tony Foley -
Document Delivery Service - RMIT Central Library
Melbourne, Australia.
(Ph) 61-03-9925-2441 (Fax) 61-03-9925-2513
Poetry Web -


Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 09:47:04 -0700 (PDT)
From: Vincent James (
Subject: Re: .5 sistas


I am one of the brothers with ‘no game’. We represent a small but very unique population. I often find myself eating flesh that is empty, then finding myself wondering why am I ‘lowering my standards’ for empty flesh. (Leaving the women like ghost) It is not self esteem that causes me not to approach women it is what I want to say that usually comes off as too deep or he is so sweet mentality.

It is hard to find someone to vibe with in this desolate spiritual planet or it may be the state I am living in...i.e. KY TN. But while I were in undergrad, I was surrounded by different cultures and people form every socioeconomic background and still found that brothers that talked that talk had the women though their lines where in my opinion were pathetic... and full of senseless lies...

But women seem to fall for that...

And when someone finds interest in me... they ask are you spiritual...and I say yes...but they mean bible holder... and scripture Abider....

I am more Khemetic in spirit... I am more ancestral in my being... And that is a turn off to many women I have encountered...

I have many things to accomplish in this life with the aid of my ancestors, but it would be nice to have a women of spirit and intellectual sense to know that I am the concrete image in the window of the Creator.

Thanks for listening and publishing 0.5 the sistas

Vincent T. James Kentucky


Subject: Thank You
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 15:17:15

I hope this e-mail is reaching you in the best of health and spirits.

Thank you for providing our community with this much-needed information.

This is a beautiful site. Also, I just left a site that you should visit:


Date: Tue, 10 Mar 1998 14:16:51
From: Anne Holliday []
Subject: For Bryan Douglas Wilhite

Dear Bryan,

Thank you very much for notifying me of your new Nijinsky site. I think it is superb, moving and wanted to write to congratulate you for your poetic vision and originality. I will add a link to our Stowitts Museum favorite links site as soon as our webmaster returns.

If you haven’t visited The Stowitts Museum & Library site in awhile you may want to take a look at for we continue to add exhibitions, including our Nijinsky Dancing show. Recently I curated a special online exhibition called The Legacy of Stowitts for Queer Arts Resource which you can visit at I am moderating a Stowitts Discussion Group at the QAR site and would welcome a comment or question from you which will also give me the opportunity to post the address of your Nijinsky address.

I also invite you to send me your mailing address so I can add your name to our museum mailing list to keep you informed on our activities. Certainly we would welcome the opportunity to meet you should you find yourself anywhere near our central California coast. The Stowitts Museum is located in Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula.

Thanking you again for remembering me and with every good wish for your continued contributions to art, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Anne Holliday, Curator


Date: Tue, 24 Feb 1998 18:32:43 -1000
To: Bryan Wilhite []
From: Prema Qadir []
Subject: Wend Kuuni from Burkina Faso

At 09:15 AM 2/24/1998 -0800, Bryan Wilhite [rasx@NETCOM.COM] wrote:

We got some Afrikan brother out here using Quaker scare tactics to keep the colonized minds in captivity. Even though it takes waayy too much natural resources to make one computer, I see these small objects like the way the loom functioned in our idealized African village (I’m thinking of the movie Wend Kuuni from Burkina Faso(?)).


Greetings! I will take this opportunity to praise your on your web site. Your use of the technology is slammin.

I can see that you are sitting on the LEADING edge. I would love to collaborate with you someday when we both have time and interest. I am maintaining a web site which I would like to turn into a multimedia event someday:

Perhaps you’d like to be a guest architect and javasize one of the poems. Please consider it.

The reason that I am writing is because you mentioned “Wend Kuuni” and Burkina Faso. I saw the sequel to “Wend Kuuni”, “Buud Yam”. It won the Stallion award at FESPACO in 1997.

I’ve got a FESPACO web site:

forward! love, prema

“The media’s the most powerful entity on Earth...
They have the power to make the innocent guilty
and to make the guilty innocent, and thats power.
Because they control the minds of the masses.”

— Brother Omowale, aka El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, aka Malcolm X


Date: Sat, 10 Jan 1998 09:43:08 -0800 (PST)
From: “Graham T. Welsh” []
Subject: The boy was in the hallway

O Kinte Space...

I hope you don’t object to me telling you about my new website: it’s called ‘The boy was in the hallway’ and is a collection of poems inspired by pop/rock music (it’s not as terrible as it sounds). My intention is to write 300 pieces - I’m about halfway there. It also includes a feature where readers can submit their own poems. Please come and have a look, give it a mention if it seems at all interesting.

Thanks for reading this far!

Graham T. Welsh

‘no rhyme, no reason’

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