Article Type: Poem
Subject: Poetry
Author: Duncan-Fowler, Loretta
Pub Date: 11/01/2010
Publication: Name: Journal of Pan African Studies Publisher: Journal of Pan African Studies Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Journal of Pan African Studies ISSN: 0888-6601
Issue: Date: Nov, 2010 Source Volume: 4 Source Issue: 1
Accession Number: 306754364
Full Text: Loretta (La-Rue') Duncan-Fowler was born in Boston, MA. La-Rue is an author, poet, singer, songwriter, and performance poet. Her debut book, My Deepest Affections are Yours--Love Poems, received wide recognition. She is a member of the performing groups Born 2 Be Poets, 2nd Born, and Uptown Poets. Born 2 Be Poets and was nominated for the 2001 SOS Music Award in the spoken word category. Her special brand of poetry is often requested at numerous spoken word, juke joints, club houses, churches and state fairs across the country and internationally.

Spoken word is her ministry gift and she uses it to counter the effects of suicide, hopelessness, lack and insufficiency found in the people today and to let people know that nothing that they have ever been through can ever separate them from God's love! Whether it's hosting a Katrina Benefit or organizing community events to inform people about H1N1 and related health issues. You can find her lecturing and lending her gift of poetry to civic, governmental, religious and charitable organizations.

La-Rue has also graced the stage with Grammy Award winning recording artist The Whispers, The Clark Sisters, Shirley Caesar, The God Squad, Joanna Rosario, Vicki Winans, and Fred Hammond. Neo Soul/Rhythm and Blues recording artist Bilal and Goapele; Blues Hall of Fame percussionist, vocalist, and blues man Mr. Big John Evans. She also wrote and recorded the song Wretched Man with notable gospel and blues guitarist Odell Ross Jr. La-Rue has appeared as a guest on the international news television program Night Line with Ted Koppel, and several local talk shows including Look Whose Talking and Good Day Sacramento advocating for the rights of her disabled son to attend the Sacramento public school system.

La-Rue' continues to perform and host her own spoken word show, An Evening of Poetry w/Ms. La-Rue', and the Mood Blue's Poetry Series. Most recently she appeared in the national television advertisement for the Kymora Lee Body Slimmer. La-Rue is also a member of The American Poets Society, she has a Bachelors degree in Computer and Information Sciences, and lives in Sacramento, California. The above is from her book In Search of A Father's Love (2010).

   I love you like I love my Kids
   Without premise and without pretense
   Without Rhyme or Reason
   I love you deliciously
   In and out of season
   There is no man that can rival you or the sweet things that
   you do or don't do
   Cause I love you Unconditionally
   In and out of season without rhyme or reason
   I love you in the deepest sense there's no way to describe the
   feelings that I have for you
   I love you with my mind
   I love you Unconditionally
   And this will always be true
   And if you don't understand how; unconditionally I love you
   Let me break it down for you

   Actually, categorically, come hell or high water, conclusively,
   decisively, definitively, doubtlessly, easily, exactly, for sure,
      no if and
   or buts, no strings attached, on the letter, on the money, on the
   positively, precisely, really, right on, straight up and down, sure
   Heaven, sure enough, I am your sure thing, surely the very thing,
   absolutely, certainly, and without question
   I Unconditionally Love you
   In and out of season
   Without rhyme or reason
   I love you like I love my kids
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