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mali77 asked: Please do, Toronto is beautiful in the summer. I was at your show last November and it was incredible. I also couldn't build the courage to say hello after the show, so hello! I'm gonna stop sounding like a creep now lol.

You are lovely and really kind- hello to you too! :)

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these muscles, long-colonized by stillness
this barbaric loneliness, the way it seizes the body
the rotating thousand names painted into you to fight it

this pride, this heavy skin,
this silence and its fateful stain
peoples the blood with all the bodies you’d choose over you own

you can pick the fattest cloud and give it your name
just to belong to something that isn’t shackled to you by love

you can kiss an entire orchestra and imagine that every song
after that is yours. you can treat all your selves as a revolving door, your spine the center point, you can tread water.

you can walk all the world with one tear ready.

Safia Elhillo, portrait  (via loveouthome)

from The Life and Times of Susie Knuckles :) [which you can be fancy and get on ebook now!]

(Fun fact: the first draft of this poem was an erasure of “Triumph” by Wu-Tang)

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deonteosayandepoetry asked: So, what are the odds of getting you to return to Detroit? because I know a couple of folks that need to see you again, ex: Me, and Legacy.

yoo just let me know i would loveeee to go back!

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mali77 asked: When are you coming back to Toronto?

hopefully soon, i loved it there! if any venues/schools/organizations are interested i can be reached for booking at

also i might just go up to hang out when the weather gets better :)

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Anonymous asked: if you can only have one snack (oreos, a certain chocolate...) for the rest of your life, which would it be?


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Anonymous asked: OMG you don't know me but I'm at this store in Philly and I saw this shirt that said "Keep Calm, I'm Nubian" and totally freaked and thought of you :), so I decided to drop into your ask box. Peace

why am i just seeing this ahaha you’re awesome

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Anonymous asked: Would you ever consider putting out a spoken word album of your work? I would buy it!


i actually don’t know the answer to this, haha. at the moment i’m up to my neck in unfinished projects so it wouldn’t be the right time, but i’ll also never say never :) thanks lovely! 

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March 2014- Art Issue


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

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