2 poems by Geffrey Davis

January 1, 2014
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2 poems by Geffrey Davis

Unfledged   What did I know, what did I know of love’s austere and lonely offices? — Robert Hayden     Weekends too my father roofed poor neighborhoods, at prices only his back could carry   into profit.  In the name of labor’s virtue—or was it another bill collector’s callous   calling again?—my brother and I became his two-boy cleanup crew.  During those hard,   gloved hours under the...
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TFW: The Year in Review

December 31, 2013
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TFW: The Year in Review

Today is the final day of 2013. And this year has been one that pushed many people around the world to deeply consider and interrogate the various social locations that shape our lives. From the distinct ways that structural violence, micro-aggressive actions, deleterious public policy, negative cultural representations, and “natural” disasters illuminated the vestiges of privilege, to the ways that the same spurred global and local transformative justice movements,...
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3 poems by Niki Herd

December 25, 2013
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3 poems by Niki Herd

Conjure Season   Last night another woman  died at the hands of a lover  boy  friend husband  ex  take  your pick & all the mouths are silent. Let’s be specific. We’re trying not to be childish trying not to invoke the memory of us girls lined on one side of homeroom boys on the other  play the game of tit for tat hold inside our little fists crumbled sheets...
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3 poems by Trish Salah

December 18, 2013
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3 poems by Trish Salah

notes toward dropping out                (March 1995)   This is where I ceased— Not to be too obvious, or in mutation, or distilled, transmogrification   Beauty queens don’t do so well in grad school. Even if every body wants one When you assume the shape, austere, assume anything.   Thing it, sister, thing itself, thing it loud to last your girl Black Lips Cool and Quelled   In the...
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Open Letter to Presiding Bishop-Elect Joseph W. Walker III and the “By Invitation Only” Attendees of the Inaugural Meeting of the SHIFT

December 13, 2013
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Religion is a site of both freedom and oppression. The Black Church in particular, is a significant source of meaning making and marginalization in the lives of women and LGBTQI people of color. Though the Black Church is historically a site of community, culture and “home” for socio-economically marginalized people, leadership within the Black Church has a simultaneous history of acting out in specifically sexist, paternalistic, exploitative and patriarchal...
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Two Poems by Gala Mukomolova

December 11, 2013
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By Gala Mukmolova   Girl-talk * I’ve really been working on my orgasmic meditation, my ex tells me. If the instructor touches my clit in a way that agitates me, I just pretend I like it, and then I do.   She sends me a link to a TED talk on orgasmic meditation. We talk for a bit about her recent breakup.   It’s the same TED talk link...
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4 poems by Sonya Renee

December 4, 2013
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4 poems by Sonya Renee

  A Poem For The Girl Who Solicited Money To Get To the National Poetry Slam (I assume by plane) Because ”I am only 20 and I am a white girl, so I don’t think I should be riding the Greyhound by myself all the way out there.”     A man with fecal matter in his tight fist-ed naps speaks in Pentecostal tongues and expletives. Proclaims through the...
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An Open Letter to My Transgender Brothers on World AIDS Day 2013

December 1, 2013
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An Open Letter to My Transgender Brothers on World AIDS Day 2013

By Kai M. Green Dear Kinfolk: Today is World Aids Day. Today, I remember those who we have lost. I remember the ancestors we have known, the ones we can name and the ones who we only know by way of feeling. Black bodies are the bodies that have been most affected by HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and globally. In the U.S. Black Americans only make up 14% of...
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Op-Ed: A Difficult Solidarity with Saudi Women

November 30, 2013
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Op-Ed: A Difficult Solidarity with Saudi Women

By  Sana Hashmi A Huffington Post headline last month read: “Rotana Tarabzouni’s Lorde Cover Will Make You Stand In Unity With Saudi Arabia’s Women (Video).” Covering pop-singer Lorde’s song “Team,” Rotana Tarabzouni, a Californian college student from Saudi Arabia, raised her voice in support of the October 26th nationwide movement against the ban on women driving in the country.  In one lyric of her cover, Tarabzouni sings: “We live...
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Artist Sophia Wallace Responds to CLITERACY Critiques

November 29, 2013
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By Sophia Wallace As an artist, my job is to explore an idea aesthetically and then share my work with the public. In this light, it is my expectation that audiences will engage with CLITERACY in their own contexts. Yet some of the contexts that have been projected onto CLITERACY are then written about as fact. While I appreciate critique, I do worry the point of the CLITERACY project is...
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COLLEGE FEMINISMS: A Letter To All Women Who Have Been Told To Quieten Down, Speak Softer and Be Less Angry

November 29, 2013
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By Mohadesa Najumi Dedicated to my Mother, Kateryna, Hala, Kim, Gabby and @buonasahra   Dear woman who has been told to quieten down, speak softer and be less angry all of her life, You thought if you spoke less, and in a softer voice he wouldn’t notice the anger oozing out of your lungs in the form of words. You feel like fire in an ocean. Most days you question yourself. Interrogate...
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