Shakespeare may have said “Love is but a madness”, but I believe that love is powerful and takes many forms.
From the romantic, erotic, the nostalgic, whimsical, powerful, and hopeful–the poets contributing to February’s month long Spoken Word event ventures to remind you all that love is still shield, comfort, pleasure and power.
Thank you, Chanel.
Thank you, Tiffany.
Thank you, Mike.
Love is still a poet’s first work.
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I have gotten such highs, and lows, and nights where I cannot believe this is currently my own life! Over the next few days, I get to refocus, publish, post and bring you beloved people up to speed, as I regain strength, stamina, belief…and organization.
There are so many things happening and coming, dearest ones!
And I have missed you all so much!
Here is to the second (or third) round of catching up!
Family, I must tell you that I know I have to catch things up. Bare with me while I do! There are pieces I scheduled and didn’t complete, poetry I have to post, and things I have to do for sanity and business sake.
The inundating of posted work and think pieces is coming.
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In the year that I have been on TikTok, I have been a part of this social justice, pro-Black, womanism, and anti-racism.
I love it here. Sometimes.
But, it was when I got embroiled in relationship/Pick Me TikTok? Oh, baby! The talk of how bad women are, how we (as women) don’t love men, and how we (as women) need to be more ‘traditional’.
Hmph. Then, I thought of what exactly is a traditional woman. Why? I didn’t know any! From that conversation, came stories like this:
If anything, stories like this remind me that (1) the idea of a traditional women is steeped in white supremacy and (2) women are completely incredible! There is nothing traditional about women.
From that, came the LOVE OR WAR series on my page. It is 130 stories…and growing! Stories from or about women from all walks of life—told by the children, grandchildren or even great-grandchildren of those same women!
As of December 31, this book will be compiled into an ebook available on Kindle!
In doing this, I believe I am honoring their maternal ancestors. Besides, some of these stories are too good not to share.
For those of you whom are following me on TikTok (especially @whatjayesaid/jayesaidwhat) will know that I was been toying with the idea of starting a Patreon again. This time, I am creating a Patreon solely for anti-racism essays and think pieces. Oh, yes, this is … Continue reading So….I Am Doing A Thing. Again.
National Poetry Month is next month. And I honestly cannot wait! I have been on a tear during this pandemic and I cannot wait to share new work with you all, things from the crates and even a poetry collection!