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Anonymous asked: do you like eugene lang/the new school? do you suggest other young poets to go there?

i like the freedom of the program, and have taken some really cool classes and have enjoyed all my professors so far. i don’t know much about the school itself since i’m hardly actually there, classes are only 2 nights a week. so i wouldn’t know how to compare it to other programs or anything. but it’s a fun program and nyc is always a good time. main downside is lack of diversity aka overwhelming whiteness but should i even be surprised anymore

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sierrademulder:

Tomorrow! Middletown, CT! Wesleyan University! I’ll be performing with two of my favorite writers, Safia Elhillo and Rachel McKibbens. 8pm in the World Music Hall. Free and all ages.

sierrademulder:

Tomorrow! Middletown, CT! Wesleyan University! I’ll be performing with two of my favorite writers, Safia Elhillo and Rachel McKibbens. 8pm in the World Music Hall. Free and all ages.

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Upcoming (let’s hang out)

October 4th: 

Active Minds: Mental Health Awareness Reading & Discussion 

feat. Rachel McKibbens, Safia Elhillo, & Sierra DeMulder

World Musica Hall

Wesleyan University 

Middletown, CT

8PM 

October 10th:

Black Millennial Poets/ Libation for Eric Garner

feat. Nicole Sealey, Jerriod Avant, Safia Elhillo, Maurice Decaul, & Rio Cortez

Everything Goes Bookstore

208 Bay St

Staten Island, NY

7PM

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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

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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 :)