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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 … Continue reading

December 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

“I Be from The Bronx”

    I be from cold yellow snow and hot okra gumbo, Born of Father from Morningside Avenue, Mother of Charleston. As beat and breath, I dwell at 145th and … Continue reading

May 2, 2014 · 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

April 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

April 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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 … Continue reading

April 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

NaPoWriMo, Day 5, “Black Parents”

      As another day climbs sorely into bed, we Unfold and cuddle, cradling wonders and real   Wounds, unfurl pressures, praises and prayers. Cool Comfort folds finger by … Continue reading

April 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Making Memories Plate by Plate

Food is sacrament. Forkful by forkful, something old unfolds and something new begins to take its first breath. Food is sacrament. Through its creations and sharing, I am educated in … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Unpacking Motherhood

  Being a mother is backbreaking work.  At the end of the day, the toys are collected and recollected, rooms cleaned and disinfected, floors swept and mopped, and the stroller … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · 7 Comments

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 … Continue reading

June 26, 2013 · 3 Comments

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 … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

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 … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · 5 Comments

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 … Continue reading

September 23, 2012 · 3 Comments

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. … Continue reading

May 2, 2012 · 2 Comments

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 … Continue reading

February 6, 2012 · Leave a comment

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 (, I wrote … Continue reading

November 18, 2011 · 6 Comments

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 … Continue reading

October 3, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Stretching of Marks: An Autobiography of Poetry

This two-part installation is a chronicle of how and why I started writing.  I’ve been stuck in a rut about where to go and what to do with my poetry.  … Continue reading

September 21, 2011 · 1 Comment

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