I just revised this poem. I revised it because after reading it with fresh eyes I realized that it needed something else, it needed a facelift, a poetic facelift. I am going to try and practice what I learned at The Martha's Vineyard Institute of CreativeWriting. I was fortunate enough to attend this program a… Continue reading Revised: An Empty Love Letter
Change starts with you! Remember your history as a warning, learn from the lessons of the past. Changes start with people like us-it is up to us to make things all right. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHgnOnI6uZ8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0AV8lxGjdZ0 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaGUr6wzyT8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrY9eHkXTa4
Dear Lady Liberty, As you stand in the harbor watching over our nation, I imagine the tears falling down your face. I imagine your heart has been broken by the problems we have created. I imagine that as you are standing in the harbor you are watching how we systematically kill your children. Today, you… Continue reading Dear Lady Liberty
Again, I am going to talk about another wonderful woman I met over the weekend at this writing conference I attended. Patricia Bell-Scott, I don't even have words to describe the friendship that emerged. She is an award winning published author and all around humble human being. Please check out her website: http://patriciabellscott.com/ Then purchase… Continue reading Let’s Share: Patricia Bell-Scott
I forgot it was Monday and that I should be sharing some music. In the spirit of this weekend-here are my choices. Notice the recurring theme! Because I am a queen that thing goes on-and-on. https://youtu.be/Mq86e4Fhja0 https://youtu.be/T6QKqFPRZSA https://youtu.be/-CPCs7vVz6s
You ever meet anyone who you instantly connect with? Someone who is amazing, happy and authentic. That is Lisa, I met her at a writer's conference over the weekend and I cannot begin to tell you how kind she is. She touched my heart with her generosity and sincerity. Check out her blog. Oh, and… Continue reading Let’s Share: Lisa St. John
I made a new friend at a conference I attended over the weekend. Please stop by her and visit her blog. She was absolutely delightful and kind. She definitely had an infectious smile. Happy Monday! https://mbcoudal.com/about/
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On December 18th, 2015, I posted a blog entry: the option for my first book, Trans Like Me, had been picked up by Virago, for UK and Commonwealth publication. It’s a year and a half later – and I’ve been in bookstores for nearly a month, with American publication scheduled for next year with Seal Press.
When I first began this blog, back in 2010, I never imagined that what I wrote and explored here would form the foundation of a book. I did want to write a book about gender – about being transgender in particular – but always figured it would be an academic text with a long and referential name. I’d seen people blogging with the express intention of getting a book deal, and wasn’t impressed – the results too often veered between transparent and inauthentic, and flat-out desperate.
But plans pan out in odd ways…
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When things don't move fast enough and everything seems to slow down take a moment and enjoy it.
Underneath my pale skin- below this white concealment the spirit of; African beats; Taino blood; European conquest- this is the Caribbean echo of my being; The blood which flows- Exposing this- American identity. My history; I recall- The darker skins that preceded me. The caramel flesh my daughters possess; the tangled hair that sits on… Continue reading Underneath My Pale Skin