Alrighty, folks. This is a long one, so—if you want to read it all—you’re going to have to click the link to this post.
Here’s what I’ve got for you today:
Two quotations on poetry (and more, from previous posts)
It’s hard to come to terms with my writing when the world’s on fire and here I am, obsessing over a handful of paper.
- Ocean Vuong
If I couldn’t have written, I wouldn’t have survived… my metaphors are my wounds.
In case you like these and want more, I’ve shared others in past posts, too!
Twenty poems to read because why not:
Horizon by Jayy Dodd
A Poem for Pulse by Jameson Fitzpatrick
Code Switch by Aris Kian
In the Dark by April Michelle Bratten
Epithalamium by Phillip B. Williams
Moonflowers by James Davis May
As She Appears by Shelley Wong
The Orchard Thieves by Jai Bashir
American Cavewall Sonnet by C.T. Salazar
And, because it’s always pride month in my heart, here are some great LGBTQ+ books I love / want to read immediately—all written by queer Black authors!
Okay, real talk. How are you all taking care of yourselves amid this terrifying time? Friendly reminder that self-care is more than recommended—it’s vital. Make those boundaries, spend time alone, call your loved ones, make that dentist appointment, etc. etc.
I, yes, finally made a dentist appointment, plus I’m finally getting my laptop fixed, plus I finally upped my medication so I won’t want to d-word quite so often. He he.
I’ve been organizing and selling my books to fundraise for writers.
I’ve been sending mail to the people I love.
I’ve searched for (and found!) the world’s best bra and chapstick.
I’ve been making cute zines.
Make sure you’re spending time caring for yourself and your inner child, doing the things you love—the things that relax you and ground you and bring you joy.
Tweets of the week
And I have a poem out in Crazyhorse! Read it in full here:
Hope you have a great weekend.