If beauty signaled so much power, why did four out of four historical beauties die tragically?
Black History Month (As Told By My Spam Folder)
If a Black person is alive but no one /
is around to profit off of them, /
do they make a sound?
i’ll pray for you when you leave
you’re not even catholic, and i’m not even catholic,
and we’ve just played the biggest prank on the church since
the time that those kids teepeed the courtyard at st. joseph’s.
You are with me wherever I go.
Another bomb set off in
who excused the executioner
who watched, and said nothing
Our bodies, my mother answers, //
when I ask her what the world reined. The world / tightening / its fist.
Learn My Curls
Call me by my name. Say it / with the familiarity and reverence / of a spoken prayer.