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My body is a pill. Small. And love is the wrong mans tongue to tell me so. My body dissolves. My body finds men who are water & calls them home. My body is everything that happened to me.

Love is a thing my body borrows to forget. Love is a pill. My body is water. My body is a tongue and love dissolves.

Love calls the wrong men home. Love makes my body a stain that goes looking for water on the wrong mans tongue. Love is a house. My body is a bath drawn in floodwater. My body trickles in through the floorboards. Love is the carpet I’ve ruined.

Love is decoration. Love is an alternative to water. Love is just something to do until the wars start. 

My body is a border drawn up by some man long ago. Love is everything that happened in between. Love is the floorboards. My body is decoration. Love ruined all the carpets. My body is the carpet my body is the stain. Love makes it all dissolve.

Love is an alternative to home. Love is floodwater.

My body burned to the ground. My body called the wrong man home. Love started the fire.

My body is everything that happened after. The wrong man is an alternative to love. The wrong man is a map. Home is where he puts the lines. My body is a border drawn by accident by the wrong mans tongue.

Love makes scars on my body and calls them borders.

The wrong man mistakes my body for a body of water. Love let the wrong man decide what my body mistakes for home.

Love started the fire. My body is a house on fire.

My body drew a bath in floodwater. The wrong man is floodwater. Love and the wrong man are an alternative to hating my body. 

My body is a body of water, poured over everything that happened to me. My body makes every scar an island. The wrong man makes my body small

a pill

Love makes the water and my body dissolves.

—And Now Im Gonna Do an Experiment, Safia Elhillo

(Source: honoronher)

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apensivesoul asked: Does the video mean a new poetry book in the future? excited to hear more poems

hopefully :) i’ve been working on this book for about 6 months now and hope to have it done by the spring to use as my thesis!

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ya grl has 2 poems in this new issue of Vinyl (one of which is an erasure of a super racist old textbook from the 70s on Sudanese history), along with some people I like a whole lot. you can read the issue at www.vinylpoetry.com :)

ya grl has 2 poems in this new issue of Vinyl (one of which is an erasure of a super racist old textbook from the 70s on Sudanese history), along with some people I like a whole lot. you can read the issue at www.vinylpoetry.com :)

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faithevebee:

"serves you right for not listening/to your mother’s warnings about these jazz men/for not being born a flimsy violin of a woman/and finding you some good classical music/an orchestra" #safiaelhillo #susieknuckles #commute #poems #poetry #words #thelifeandtimesofsusieknuckles @safiamafia thank you

faithevebee:

"serves you right for not listening/to your mother’s warnings about these jazz men/for not being born a flimsy violin of a woman/and finding you some good classical music/an orchestra" #safiaelhillo #susieknuckles #commute #poems #poetry #words #thelifeandtimesofsusieknuckles @safiamafia thank you

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jointliterary:

Egypt - Safia Elhillo

joINT Literary is raising money to pay contributors, fund a free writing workshop series for queer and trans youth of color (with expenses including supplies, paying featured writers, and metro cards for youth) and and to pay for general website and business fees that will assist us in keeping our magazine and workshops free and accessible.

We have perks ranging from Black Girl Dangerous' Mia McKenzie, Safia Elhillo, Kai Davis, Danez Smith, and more! Donate here, and spread the word!

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caitsmeissner:

Do not say I never did nothing for you in the way of flyness + freedom + beauty + inspiration. Here is our new #GrowFierce summer reading series and it is, dare I say, UN BE LI VA BLE. This round, in addition to featuring maybe-new-to-you emerging [and moving] voices from the Digging Deep, Facing Self Online Course, we are also featuring established poets reading their own sets, as well as work from our global alumni. I could not be more excited. Mark your calendars!

Thank you to Mahogany L. Browne Safia Elhillo Cheryl Boyce-Taylor Cathy Linh Che Samantha Thornhill & Morgan Parker for getting down with our community and shining a light so brightly on women!

caitsmeissner:

Do not say I never did nothing for you in the way of flyness + freedom + beauty + inspiration. Here is our new #GrowFierce summer reading series and it is, dare I say, UN BE LI VA BLE. This round, in addition to featuring maybe-new-to-you emerging [and moving] voices from the Digging Deep, Facing Self Online Course, we are also featuring established poets reading their own sets, as well as work from our global alumni. I could not be more excited. Mark your calendars!

Thank you to Mahogany L. Browne Safia Elhillo Cheryl Boyce-Taylor Cathy Linh Che Samantha Thornhill & Morgan Parker for getting down with our community and shining a light so brightly on women!

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Anonymous asked: do another youth show in dc next fall. please. also come to ltab. please.

i will try my very best :)

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elsilvero:

oddballsdontbounce:

“what i learned in the fire” at CUPSI prelims, with Jamaica singing “Lighthome” by Matt Corby

THE BROMANCE IS REAL GUYS

Hi. These are my teammates Safia and Jamaica. They’re very talented. Enjoy.

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Anonymous asked: hi Safia! i wanted to ask you about your thoughts on slam poetry, specifically, if you think slam is the only way to be a successful poet who gets to travel to other places and share their poetry with people all over?

hi lovely! i don’t think slam is the only way to be a successful poet, at all! i’m also sort of assuming a definition of “successful” here that implies being able to do poetry for a living etc, but correct me if i’m wrong or if you had something more specific in mind! i started slamming when i was about 16, and did it consistently until graduating college, and can never discredit its role in my life as far as the people it introduced me to and the opportunities it offered, but i think that’s really just one path out of many. get your work out there however you feel comfortable- submit to journals! perform at open mics! make beautiful homemade chapbooks! this is supposed to be fun :)