Thoughts While At Gardella’s on a Saturday Night

A short write up of inner thoughts and happenings from a typical Saturday at Gardella’s Tavern in Grand Rapids, MI.    The line just got really short, really fast. I wonder if they’re still letting people in. Nevermind, it was the $5 cover charge that apparently is turning everyone away. (wonder what they think cover…

How To Say Something Meaningful

Last year, I did an interview with the lovely Kt for WYCE discussing my journey in poetry since I left Dartmouth 1 year and 10 days ago that day. (Can you tell I got my ivy league diploma and dipped? Yeah, that’s what happened.) Me? Speak explicitly about the pieces I’ve written as though I identify…

When We’re Surrounded By Bad News

Changing my Facebook status from “single” to “In A Relationship” is the first step to a new love, in my opinion. I do this for a few reasons, one of them being that in an age of unprecedented instant gratification and access to anyone, anywhere, at any time, changing my status helps random men and…

Hot Hearted.

I’m the closest thing to a walking flame, I tell ya.     I was Born on Tuesday December 21 Which means two things 1. I always get cheated out of birthday presents   And 2. I’m a Sagittarius The fire sign Whether or not you believe in it I am suspiciously consistent in my arson of…

To Be Mulatto in Times of Black Death | Part One

When Jesse Williams accepted BET’s Humanitarian award, I wasn’t paying attention. Light-skinned activists aren’t an endangered species, so why should I stop what I’m doing to listen to another light-skinned male tell a group full of variously hued Black folks his vision for our liberation? My President is Black, and I certainly haven’t listened to…