Solitary Confinement: Not Just a Black Man’s Problem

In a special report released on April 22, 2015, Juan E. Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment, found that prolonged solitary confinement (in excess of 15 days) is torture. This torture happens EVERY DAY in the United States. And in the state of New…

these bridges/still hold us

to my white feminist sisters/sisters that use my back/to break the glass ceiling/ceiling that can only be shattered/by you/not me/sister that will never be your sister/sister outsider do not hang pictures of me/on your wall/wall of phony solidarity/solidarity only meant for/your sisters/sisters that rewrite herstory/herstory that first belonged to me resist the urge to tell…

Nobody Has Hands Like Hers

my mami’s hands are always soft like the reindeer named Twinkles who i cuddled with at night she would make up bedtime stories about Twinkles my imagination growing like a sunflower her hands have carried me through loss through happiness through debilitating depression when i was a young girl she sliced her finger open on…

Diasporic Love

i see you to be seen is to be heard to be heard is to be loved and i love you i love you from my veins to my memories that carry this trauma these stories this diaspora i feel you our histories entwine with our touch our pain melts together like a candle in…

Cruella DeVille

my mother named it Cruella DeVille when i could not find the words to describe the elephants that were sitting on my chest crushing my bones and squeezing the very life out of me my doctor named it depression and anxiety but i still prefered Cruella to describe the days when i tasted loneliness in…