Yesterday.   Today.  Tomorrow. Or, This is Untitled Work (A Poem about Motherhood)

  The dreams of brown mothers Murmur and hunt For the void of dark blue/the forgotten/untrue/disbelieved pocket/where their male kin and children Are snatched captive/to rehearse again/the Breaking of bones and bloom To fit Unnatural untimely graves/ Earth unearthed too early/too soon/   Too many lay assembled/in unholy work/ Becoming food for roots/hungrily groaning/ Growing/strange … Continue reading Yesterday.   Today.  Tomorrow. Or, This is Untitled Work (A Poem about Motherhood)

NaPoWriMo, Day 29, “Unchained Descant”

  Sirens can animate deserts, even in their throats. Unflowing blood heaves songs, harboring Chanting chattering ancestors/salt water and lemon juice assault then squint untamed tongue. Blues river down from tabernacles of mountains. The pastel of past faults Saunter down to valleys of black swan song.  Awaiting. Hands blister and char hovering over the lingering … Continue reading NaPoWriMo, Day 29, “Unchained Descant”

NaPoWriMo Day 18, “A Collage for My Father (Ruba’i)”

  In old photo on railroad tracks he sits humble, Legs askew, denim dirty, eyes on horizon. The rumble Of child persists. Paternal instinct Grinds in his bones’ marrow a gray beautiful rumble.   No greater work he chooses to know Than his daughter. Her evolving mind forging new questions, grows His own curiosity. He … Continue reading NaPoWriMo Day 18, “A Collage for My Father (Ruba’i)”

NaPoWriMo, Day 8, “Mother’s Marrow”

    Both sons were born wintered, planned predictions, One whose breath absorbed morning, the other clasped midnight. New moons. Unhurried beginnings. Untrammeled.  But, They will expire, someday, from a choice (hoped). Intentioned. Perhaps of blessed blues, promises kept, savored years choosing sonorous surrender.   It will be for motives no one else chooses, because … Continue reading NaPoWriMo, Day 8, “Mother’s Marrow”

Of Hair and Origin

In this guest blogpost, Tricia Amiel, a mother, writer, adjunct instructor and former teacher, takes an introspective and candid look into the intersection of race, identity and self-perception.  She divulges some hard truths and hurts that emanate from others asking her questions about her roots.  Then, in turning affliction into learning opportunity, she discusses how … Continue reading Of Hair and Origin

The Brilliance and Banality of Beasts of the Southern Wild

  Beasts of the Southern Wild catechistically instigates us to contemplate the origin of our existence.  Is life an evolving conversation between past action and future possibility?  Is one’s survival best informed by obedience to a natural order, or adaptability?  Is modernity a gift or a curse?  Beasts also wants us to examine what responsibilities … Continue reading The Brilliance and Banality of Beasts of the Southern Wild

Strength, Courage and Wisdom: The Makings of an Urban Teacher

In this article, Carla Cherry shares her personal and professional evolution, divulging how she helps students actualize their humanity and academic success.  It’s an intimate look into the makings of an English/Language Arts teacher, and the difference she is trying to make in students’ lives within the NYC educational system. Fundamental to her familial fabric … Continue reading Strength, Courage and Wisdom: The Makings of an Urban Teacher

Fellowship at 2012 NYC Fashion Week: Sisters Celebrating Sisters

Traditionally, NYC Fashion Week impressed me as an exclusive event.  The crème de la crème reveal and show off their dernier cri and totemic textiles. A-listers are awash in worship from photographic flashes.  The illuminati offer praises like flowers at feet of fellow elite.  Those of us who have no anchor in the sea of … Continue reading Fellowship at 2012 NYC Fashion Week: Sisters Celebrating Sisters

Woman, Wife and Mother: An Evolving Intersection

As a new wife and mother, I experience jubilee and juggling.  I receive constant fulfillment yet expend breath and best guesses finishing challenges.  I stand in an intersection of past/present/future.  This triptych daily positions me to negotiate divergent responsibilities, prior obligations and new undertakings, obliging yet unifying them all.  Hopefully my intimacies, epiphanies, and suggestions … Continue reading Woman, Wife and Mother: An Evolving Intersection

Looking into the Mirror of a Great Divide: How We Define Ourselves at the Expense of Others

In the recent blogpost titled “Black Canadian Like Me,” Alyson Renaldo suggests a contention between kindred of shared borders—Black Canadians and African Americans. She recycles the “Black on Black” crime of people of shared African Diasporic experience disliking and distancing themselves from each other, suggesting that cultural cluelessness, assimilation, and a “lack of reaching back” … Continue reading Looking into the Mirror of a Great Divide: How We Define Ourselves at the Expense of Others

This Woman’s Work: Blueprints for Being an Activist

Article for Bronze Magazine Anniversary Issue, November/December 2011 “a woman sleeps as if tomorrow a war will begin” –Vera Pavlova For the 1st anniversary of Bronze Magazine (http://bronzemagonline.com), I wrote this article about the activism of women locally and internationally.  It highlights the involvement and investment of women in efforts spanning environmental issues, AIDS awareness, … Continue reading This Woman’s Work: Blueprints for Being an Activist

An Autobiography of Poetry, Part 2: The Skin On Which This Poetry Is Written

In Part 1, the last blogpost, I chronicled how I came to write poetry.  In this second installment, poems from different periods in my life are shared.  The three poems are “Menstruation is My Poetry,” “One the Knees,” and “Scratched Scalp.”  Each one is prefaced with an introduction of how and why it came into … Continue reading An Autobiography of Poetry, Part 2: The Skin On Which This Poetry Is Written