olisaurusrex:

"Alternative R&B must die" FKA Twigs speaks out on racism in the music industry through genre-specifying:

"When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before, it’s not in a genre,’” she continued. “And then my picture came out six months later, now she’s an R&B singer. I share certain sonic threads with classical music; my song “Preface” is like a hymn. So let’s talk about that. If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you’d be talking about the ‘choral aspect’. But you’re not talking about that because I’m a mixed-race girl from south London."

olisaurusrex:

"Alternative R&B must die" FKA Twigs speaks out on racism in the music industry through genre-specifying:

"When I first released music and no one knew what I looked like, I would read comments like: ‘I’ve never heard anything like this before, it’s not in a genre,’” she continued. “And then my picture came out six months later, now she’s an R&B singer. I share certain sonic threads with classical music; my song “Preface” is like a hymn. So let’s talk about that. If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you’d be talking about the ‘choral aspect’. But you’re not talking about that because I’m a mixed-race girl from south London."

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the prayers where we do not wish others well.
for all the brilliant. fetid. noxious. reasons.
the prayers we want to wash from the sky. as soon as they leave our imagination.
the ones born with no bones. so they leave no trace.
the harmful prayers. we pray.
because
we have been harmed.

we are forgiven those too.

 the soft law (forgiveness), nayyirah waheed | from 'nejma' (via nayyirahwaheed)

our image.s.
always half.
always burning.
always welt.
always bent.
always garish.
always crawling.
always high.
always drunk.
always severed.
always flayed.
always vomiting.
always laughter laced with choking.
always chained.
always searing.
always stoic.
always monolith.
always ghetto.
always prisons.
always passive.
always stunted.

always begging.
always indifferent.
always deceit.
always vicious.
always lazy.
always sex.
always abusive.
always abused.
always slave.
always adult from birth.
always child until death.
always pain.
always servant.
always at a mercy.
always unagency.
always aggressor.
always sadness.
always sinister.
always rabid.
always grasping.
always grabbing

always razor blade.
always grotesque.
always apathetic.
always bloody.
always beast.
always body.
always regendered.
always misgendered.
always gendered.
always object.
always mammy.
always mule.
always mockery.
always accessories.
always vulgar.
always poverty.
always disgust. ing.
always whore.
always rage.
always blank.
always calculating.

always docile.
always stud.
always inept.
always killing.
always ugly.
always dumb.
always drugs.
always loathing.
always tragic.
always lurking.
always animal.
always respectable. politics.
always high white.
always fetish black.
always unpowered.
always hyperbolic.
always fear.
always on fire.
always impotent.
always destruction.
always spectacle.
always shatter.

always exacted into the perfect porn star.
to bring the world to orgasm.

 emotional porn (the black image industry), nayyirah waheed | from 'nejma' (via nayyirahwaheed)

our tragedy begins humid.
in a humid classroom.
with a humid text book. breaking into us.
stealing us from ourselves.
one poem. at a time.

it begins with shakespeare.

the hot wash.
the cool acid. of
dead white men and women. people.

each one a storm.

crashing. into our young houses.
making us islands. easy isolations.
until we are so beleaguered and
swollen
with a definition of poetry that is white skin and
not us.
that we tuck our scalding. our soreness.
behind ourselves and
learn
poetry.
as trauma. as violence. as erasure.
another place we do not exist.
another form of exile
where we should praise. honor. our own starvation.

the little bits of langston. phyllis wheatley.
and
angelou during black history month. are the crumbs. are the minor boats.
that give us slight rest.

to be waterdrugged into rejecting the nuances of
my own bursting
extraordinary
self.
and to have
this
be
called
education.

to take my name out of my name.
out of where my native poetry lives. in me.
and
replace it with keats. browning. dickson. wolf. joyce. wilde. wolfe. plath. bronte. hemingway. hughes. byron. frost. cummings. kipling. poe. austen. whitman. blake. longfellow. wordsworth. duffy. twain. emerson. yeats. tennyson. auden. thoreau. chaucer. thomas. raliegh. marlowe. burns. shelley. carroll. elliot…

(what is the necessity of a black child being this high off of whiteness.)

and so. we are here. brown babies. worshipping. feeding. the glutton that is white literature. even after it dies.


(years later. the conclusion:


shakespeare is relative.

white literature is relative.

that we are force fed the meat of
an animal
that our bodies will not recognize. as inherent nutrition.
is not relative.
is inert.)

the hot wash, nayyirah waheed

from ‘nejma’

(via nayyirahwaheed)

But at least I’m not fourteen
anymore,
talking to other peoples husbands
avoiding my stepfather
drinking all of the clear stuff I can find in my
mothers cabinet,
washing it down with talcum powder
and orange juice
passing out in parks
or at football games
and getting the dark dark chills
in the early hours of the morning.
Staying forever far from home
completely, completely at sea
Knowing God has cut me out
jagged, loose, wild.

'14'

Yrsa Daley-Ward, ‘bone.’

'bone' by yrsa daley-ward is now available at:


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We are in the car.
I am screaming at my mother
crying in frustration over her horrible taste in men,
asking her why she always chooses the ones who stare at my breasts through my nightdress
or the ones who steal her money
or cheat or disappear
and this time she doesn’t slap me in the mouth.
She stares ahead, unblinking. Tells me about her mother’s father,
a good-looking man with glinting eyes and a round face
who followed her into a room when she was eleven and forced her onto her back.

We are in the car.
I am somewhere between 8 and 20 
and she is somewhere between 19 and 35 
but I am not completely sure of the ages. They are melting into each other, swirling out of reach
because this is a dream, you see, and I am telling her about the gangly, tall, awful man that she is with
the one who everyone calls handsome.
The one who hides food and
tries to walks in on me in the bathtub.

The only conversation that we ever had about all of this
(the only conversation that actually really happened)
was when I was 13 and we were arguing in the living room
(over the very same man)
and she was going to hit me
and said,
“My grandfather tried to rape me. Count yourself lucky.”

I was stunned into silence. I did not want to imagine something so terrible happening
or almost happening to her
and besides, I had already made her a non ally.
She wanted to talk. She needed to talk.
How I wish I had asked even one question
but it is too late now.
I was too young and
she died young
alone in a hospice while I was living far away, mostly unavailable.

My mother is with me most nights, though.
She was is my first love.
I dream her fiercely
and in those dreams I love her
and get angry and shake her
and bite, grind my teeth
and wake up,
full of everything.

'another thing that happened'

Yrsa Daley-Ward, ‘bone.’

now available at amazon.com

(via yrsadaleyward)

From One
who says, “Don’t cry.
You’ll like it after a while.”

and Two who tells you thank-you
after the fact and cant look at your face.

To Three who pays for your breakfast
and a cab home
and your mother’s rent.

To Four
who says,
“But you felt so good
I didn’t know how to stop.”

To Five who says giving your body
is tough
but something you do very well.

To Six
Who smells of tobacco
and says “Come on, I can feel that
you love this.”

To those who feel bad in the morning
yes,
some feel bad in the morning

and sometimes they tell you
you want it
and sometimes you think that you do.

Thank heavens you’re resetting
ever
setting and
resetting.

How else do you sew up the tears?

How else can the body survive?

'bone'

title poem from Yrsa Daley-Ward, ‘bone.’

now available at amazon.com

(via yrsadaleyward)