My Poetry

Matter.

HOW DO YOU MATTER? to a country that sees your skin as a weapon. your sibling. your father. your mother. your close friend. slain.   it’s a wound you carry like bites on your ankle. covered with socks and silence and neglect.   how many souls have they misdiagnosed? misunderstood? punished?   they know. but… Continue reading Matter.

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My Poetry

One in the Morning (A Ghazal)

One in the Morning.   One hundred dollars to be loved for one hour by a woman named Beloved.   The volume on the rental car radio is turned all the way down to one as you   and her wrinkle the leather in the backseat with your naked, dry flesh. One   time when… Continue reading One in the Morning (A Ghazal)

My Opinions

TOO LOUD!

http://www.sfexaminer.com/twitter-video-shows-two-men-throwing-apparently-black-teenage-boy-off-muni-playing-loud-music/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1CRWwq6hec   “Thinking you have the right to remove somebody from public transit because they annoy you is a perfect example of white privilege in action…”     On Thursday night, a young person of color was almost thrown off the N train here in San Francisco around 30th avenue because the two men… Continue reading TOO LOUD!

My Poetry

Endorphins

“Regularly going to concerts could lead to a longer, happier life.”––Patrick Fagan of GU   elbow to elbow in a hot and loud crowd of intimate and noisy strangers that are drenched in spores of sweat as they dance and stomp recklessly with their limbs and sticky hair on top of hardwood floors stained with… Continue reading Endorphins

My Poetry

Alta Vista

I think about the mornings it saved me: a purple dinosaur in the morning. a big, yellow bird in the afternoon.   old plastic bowls full of warm milk and colorful cereal residue. loud weekend living rooms.   cooking pies with cold dirt and pebbles in the white, hard plastic house with pink shutters in… Continue reading Alta Vista

Lists

28 Great Books by Black Writers

I did a book a day during Black History Month to showcase the amazing array of black writers we have in the writing world. I have read all of these and thought they were amazing to be passed along to read for leisure, to use in a classroom, to further learn, or whatever the book causes… Continue reading 28 Great Books by Black Writers

My Poetry

From a Flower

I come from a long line of black faces sculpted from the dry, jet black meat of a sunflower. Created in thirty different shades of black, but all given the same smile. White smiles as shiny and sly as the fat beads of sweat running down the sun’s thick neck. These faces and smiles traveled… Continue reading From a Flower

My Poetry

A Pantoum on Infestation

The burgundy bugs crawl all around in my brain. Dancing under the pink meat of my face. Their little sticky, sinister feet march again and again. If I wasn’t insane I’d probably feel the bass   of their feet dancing under the pink meat of my face. Chomping on the raw insides of my cheeks… Continue reading A Pantoum on Infestation