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Desiree Dallagiacomo & Kaycee Filson - “Real Sex Tips”

"I am silencing the throats that call me object."

Performing for New Orleans at the 2014 National Poetry Slam. Subscribe to Button on YouTube!

These are my besties, just FYI. Yes I am bragging.

inkskinned:

samdigspoems:

Hey Tumblr - Here’s a video of Ten Men Women Have Warned Me Against Becoming, a poem that I originally posted here in April as part of my 30/30 challenge, then took down after it got plagiarized heavily by another person on Tumblr. Hooray for intellectual property on social media!

I’m hoping to get a better video of this poem in the next few months, but I’ve been sitting on this piece for a while and I’m ready to put it out there.

I’m so appreciative of the 3000+ folks who liked/reposted the original draft, and those who have followed my writing since. I hope you enjoy this iteration of Ten Men. You helped give this poem life.

Thanks to B.F. for the video!

ps - I’ve also added this to my “Performance Videos” page

check it out dudes this is the (very stunning) impetus for my Ten Women poem i worry about him a lot bc i think people expect him to be antifeminist when in reality he is very feminist and lovely and an excellent speaker - not to mention a rad as heck poet!!!! 

head on over to his blog and check him out if you’re into good words :)

and ps? as a personal note? thanks for being my inspiration :) good luck on the challenge!!

Hey Inskinned… if you read this… you are the plagiarist I’m referring to. Please reach out to me. We need to chat.

texasgrandslam2014:

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"When I choose to get on stage, it’s important to me that my poems do work that humanizes, nuances, and/or challenges, and if that’s not happening then I’d rather make space for other people to share what matters to them."

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Hey Tumblr - Amaris Diaz asked me a bunch of great questions and put together this profile for Texas Grand Slam, an upcoming poetry competition that I’ll be participating in. Thanks for reading!

Also - if you haven’t checked out the video of “Ten Men Women Have Warned Me Against Becoming” then see below!

Prefixes

donneyrose:

African American.
Latino American.
Asian American.
Arab American.
Indian American.
NATIVE American.

American.

Most of us will never know what it is
to not live this citizenry as
a prefix
a preface
an explanation
an apology

In case you were wondering about privilege.

Donney Rose, y’all.

Hey Tumblr - Here’s a video of Ten Men Women Have Warned Me Against Becoming, a poem that I originally posted here in April as part of my 30/30 challenge, then took down after it got plagiarized heavily by another person on Tumblr. Hooray for intellectual property on social media!

I’m hoping to get a better video of this poem in the next few months, but I’ve been sitting on this piece for a while and I’m ready to put it out there.

I’m so appreciative of the 3000+ folks who liked/reposted the original draft, and those who have followed my writing since. I hope you enjoy this iteration of Ten Men. You helped give this poem life.

Thanks to B.F. for the video!

ps - I’ve also added this to my “Performance Videos” page

Ways for White People to Follow Up the Ice Bucket Challenge

For Ferguson

support something after it stops trending on Twitter
            challenge.
do something because it’s right, not because it feels good
            challenge.
say something challenging for once
            challenge.
raise more money for community activists than for Mike Brown’s killer
            challenge.
organize for racial justice
            challenge.
boycott Whole Foods in the hood
            challenge.
resist Teach for America in urban settings
            challenge.
implicate myself in gentrification
            challenge.
don’t get defensive when someone calls me a racist
            challenge.
stop asking Black people to justify their rage
            challenge.
don’t throw ice water on every conversation about race
            challenge.
love thy neighbor
            challenge.
treat every human like a human
            challenge.

isn’t that the hardest one of all?

Bowerbird

He looks low first, rallying tiny branches into
a flipped wicker cradle to form the crown
jewel of deep forest carpentry that renders
beavers jealous. Each twig, scarcely a human
pinky. The bird, a little girl’s teacup. Smaller
than a fist yet persistent in his truest pursuit. 

He scans the brush next. Piles of berries form
beside feathery pink petals, a tempting sight
for a fickle passerby. Dude plans to get noticed.
Picks his spot just right: a break in the canopy
where each morning the sun will rub its shine
into a glowing jag of quartz.

He examines his work from all angles, standing
on branches for perspective. When it comes
to finding a nice ladybird, he trusts that small
touches add up. If this isn’t his year, at least
he’s pulled his corner of earth into a beauty
worth remembering. Next year he’ll try again,

because half the battle is just showing up.
The scientist names this
a mating ritual.

Why not call it love?

Competed as part of a pickup slam team this weekend at Southwest Shootout 2014. Finished 2nd against some terrific competition, including my Slam New Orleans family!

Competed as part of a pickup slam team this weekend at Southwest Shootout 2014. Finished 2nd against some terrific competition, including my Slam New Orleans family!

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Post-it Note to a Long-Since Friend

In the time
between
knowing you
and you
becoming
a smile
in a photo
I became
me.

iwantwhatheswearing:

aintgotnoladytronblues:

a lotta boys need to learn this lesson harder. listen to the man, dude.

This is how to be a male feminist - heck, this is how to be an ‘ally’ to any marginalised group - listen to the experiences of others and learn instead of talking over the top of us with your personal thoughts on issues which you will never face.

This isn’t a poem but… it is Poetry.

(Source: darrylayo, via conspicuous-ac)