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March 2014- Art Issue


Featuring Alysia Harris, Safia Elhillo and Warsan Shire, among others.

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apensivesoul asked: Sorry about all the questions but I just have to know what are some of your favorite poems? books?

haha no worries!
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid by Michael Ondaatje
Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson
Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah by Patricia Smith
Crush by Richard Siken
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
Fantasia: an Algerian Cavalcade by Assia Djebar

-some current favorites mixed in with some all-time favorites. Poems on my YouTube/heart favorites list:
Untitled (Last Love) by Rachel McKibbens
Angel’s Heart Clowns the Ocean by Angel Nafis
The Ostrich by Nate Mondschein

enjoy :)

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apensivesoul asked: I also wanted to know if Vandalism?! is still available or not?

Unfortunately it’s out of print, sorry :(

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apensivesoul asked: I just ordered red moon night. When will i be receiving it? are the poems 'what i learned in the fire' and 'the excuse' in any of your chap books? I really love those poems.

thanks lovely! you should receive an email with a download link. all the poems in it are newer, but you can read “what i learned in the fire” in As/Us: asusjournal(dot)org/issue-2/safia-elhillo-poetry :)

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Updated Schedule

hi pretties! I’m featuring at some upcoming events and would love for us to hang out and talk about the Top Chef finale and pants!

2/28- Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York, NY)
3/1- Brooklyn Museum [w/ bestie Aziza Barnes] (Brooklyn (duh), NY)
3/9- Busboys and Poets [14th&V location] (Washington, DC)
3/31- Poetry on Privilege @ LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club (New York, NY)


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i wish i could give these empty spaces back, they really are quite heavy and i’m smaller than i thought i’d be. when he gave back all the things i’d given him to keep safe, i had nowhere else to put them, and my arms are so tired.

"freewrite/group piece exercise: a conversation with aziza at sunrise, in the aftermath of what felt like a disaster at the time." by Safia Elhillo and Aziza Barnes

(Source: yearsofmagicalthinking, via apensivesoul)

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The first issue of Kinfolks Quarterly: a journal of black expression is up!

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and it was an honor and the sparkliest kind of joy working with those I love on this project- so proud to see it all shiny and put together :)
please enjoy a free digital download (and also some kind of free online e-reader situation) or get a hard copy for $10 
also, in celebration of black history month, for every day of February we will be posting on the Kinfolks Family Tree blog honoring an artist of the diaspora.