For a star to be born, there is one thing that must happen: a gaseous nebula must collapse.
This is not your destruction.
This is your birth.”
Poetry reading at the Contemporary Art Museum (ft. Mary Jo Bang & Carl Phillips).
respect. the years of your creative puberty. however long it may take. you need them to become yourself. you need the maturation of your art to become the artist you dream of.”
— nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)
You are a
and a while,
do not drown
And I cried. For myself. For this woman talkin’ about love. For all the women who have ever stretched their bodies out anticipating civilization and finding ruins.”
— Sonia Sanchez (Homegirls and Handgrenades)
Art hurts. Art urges voyages — and it is easier to stay at home.”
— Gwendolyn Brooks (via observando)
i’m not a girl
i’m a storm with skin”
— (via chewingdirt)
scientists ran a DNA test on my poetry
and found traces of you
in every single line.
your hair, the two mountain peaks
of your upper lip,
God, those fucking cheekbones.
where did you come from?
how did you get all over my hands?
I’m drinking through my verses
trying to write something
that doesn’t sound like
“I didn’t mean to make you a habit”
but it’s all the same, really.
I turn the page upside down
and can still read the words perfectly.
I should take up smoking.
I hear it’s calming and, most likely, fatal.
I’ve written so many poems, and none of them
are even mine.”
1. I’m lonely so I do lonely things.
2. Loving you was like going to war, I never came back the same.
3. You hate women, just like your father and his father, so it runs in your blood.
4. I was wandering the derelict car park of your heart looking for a ride…
i’m not interested in being easy on the eyes
i want them to flinch, think twice before they reach out their callous hands to bruise.
i want to be a constant reminder to men that not everything is theirs for the taking.”
Art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time.”
— Toni Morrison (via theeducatedfieldnegro)