The Bear Hunter

from by Remington Cox

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The Bear Hunter tells the story of my journey to Africa to learn the kora.


red dusty dirt
inside my lungs
buzzard bludgeoned
sky above
beneath the cashew tree
Sanjally says to me
speak less than you listen
these lessons were given to me from my father
gone but not forgotten

meanwhile heads
between the cracks
in the cinderblock and scrap metal fence
there's a toubab in Kembujeh
sent village life to disarray

but child you shine so bright
with your dirty feet and kaleidoscope smile
how I wish
I could steal just
a bit of your magic
and see the world
with innocent eyes

but oh Africa
won't let me forget
this life is a gift
but we don't get to keep it

how's the view
up in Katmandu
I hope your antimalarials are
treating you better
because every night here is a
lariam terror
where I try to outrun
your lover

the bear hunter

berries and blood
matted in my fur
I was the last of my kind
free in the wild

oh Africa
won't let me forget
this life is a gift
but we don't get to keep it

one day when our
disparate tributaries
we will meet again
on the shores of time
and we'll float together
into the unknowable ocean
I have seen the way
and I


from Sun Moon Lake, released December 10, 2016



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Remington Cox Coloma, California

Multi instrumentalist Remington Cox travels to West Africa to learn how to play the kora. He returns to his shack on the American River with the harp he helped build. He goes into the woods alone with a microphone. He emerges with these songs.

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