All posts by Tina

An Interview with Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Black Feminism Is My Spiritual Practice What was your last bite? I might be biting every morning. Right now I am writing daily with prompts made from my favorite phrases from M. Jacqui Alexander’s Pedagogies of Crossing. She blows my mind. Her work activates my imagination, my spirit and my senses all at once. When and

An Interview with Amanda Johnston

Passing Down the Maps What was your last bite? “Is your poetry in service to white supremacy?” – Willie Perdomo I’ve been coming back to this quote often in my work/life. I’ve taken it for the foundation of a statement (read: demand) I challenge myself and others with: Use your power and privilege to break

Khadijah Queen

Mothering Solo by Khadijah Queen   Mothering is the ultimate convergence of public and private. From the moment your belly swells, the fact that you are/have been sexually active becomes publicly displayed. The implicit questions: Who has impregnated you? Does he have cultural/institutional permission? Do you, expectant mother, have permission? Where is the piece of

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No’u Revilla

Rope / Tongue   Grandma was a lizard at our age.

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Katharine Coles

Longevity In a world full of poison you survived The copperhead you carried into Your mother’s kitchen