Boundary eradicator. Folklore Queen.
Happy Birthday to Nobel Prize winning author TONI MORRISON.
sky readers / moon believers
before the sunrise prayers
Wisdom Born Mamas sew star, sun, earth, heart shaped
quilts to warm babies
and free souls
hearing from the wind when to hang ’em
high on the clothes line
Before rooster crow / before master know
patterns on quilts mapped out which way to go
to wade in the water
Missing Rifle / Missing Woman.
**Dedicated to the courage of Harriet Tubman and the slaves and quakers that made quilts and hung them to slyly map the way to freedom**
Happy birthday Zora!
I was introduced to her work during a book club I was a part of when I lived in Los Angeles years ago. The book was, “My Soul To Keep” –
First of all, even with all my theatre and poetry literature knowledge, I did not know of any black women that wrote in this genre. So not only was the book AMAZING, I was intrigued that our storytelling entailed this! I credit Due with broadening my curiosity on this genre and re-thinking/re-reading Octavia Butler. I had only read Butler’s “Kindred” at the time but now I dug deeper into both of their works. Thank you Tananarive Due!
Do yourself a favor… make sure these titles are in your library…
HANDS DOWN!!! Like Butler, Due is probably writing before her time (for us right on time) and later down the line her work will be considered for more television/film production. Until then, Happy Birthday and we honor you!
She say for her family
she do what she can
when in reality it be for her man
who wants another mother like her son
so she wipe both they asses / and then her tears cause it be from the same shit
too tired more / more tired than / her mother who
taught her how to stay
who lived and died the same way
the palm reader etched on her palm.
now that she know,
she can remain calm
when he comes to bed
smelling like fuck nut and dried saliva
he’ll say it’s all in her head
so she close her eyes and have nightmares
of forever being a fool.
from the poetry book, Pocket Honey Wind & Hips
applaud Her broken heart poetry
then pass Her a notepad and fresh ink
She dies when rape is spoken of so desensitized.
Like a chipped fingernail or
wrecked car She can call and get
a claim number for
It doesn’t get renewed!
She just let it get used and disown its’ power
so next time he wants to
or break her back
or dig in dem guts
It won’t hurt
She chose to be one of the “unreported” stats.
I confronted my homophobia.
I re-defined my definitions of rape.
15 years later, I wrote The Town Dance.
PURCHASE AT The Town Dance Paperback and Kindle
You are making your winter reads list right? You know, the books to cuddle on the couch with… the books you will be reading during Thanksgiving break…
Click here for some to add!
“The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” -Toni Morrison
As a young girl, my mother had to chose what utilities she would keep on and which ones she would let go to keep my sister, brother and I fed and clothed. Phone service NEVER made the “stay on” list and gas service was optional during summer months. Cable television was not discussed in my home because we only had two televisions and they were black and white. (yes, color televisions were available and no I won’t tell the year or my age). My escape was reading. The easiest series of books to find in sequential collections at thrift stores at the time were the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. And I read them all! Continue reading a Higher Re-Education Program (Writer’s Edition)
You know how you put a lot of work into a project and you just want to make sure people get a copy and enjoy it? Yep! That would be my novel, “The Town Dance.” Add this title to your winter reading!
Ten years ago today I released my first book, “Mississippi Window Cracks”. Wow!
I literally drafted the book after spending a few days visiting a friend in Jackson, Mississippi. From the energy of the historical places to the scent of the zesty magnolia trees to the delicious southern cuisine… I had a lot to write about!
“Mississippi Window Cracks” is a collection of six short stories and three prose pieces. Here is a breakdown of the book:
The Untimely Flight – A story of two women with a chance meeting in the airport traveling to different locations. One is on a business trip and the other reuniting with her family after abandoning them to follow her dreams some ten years prior. Their meeting is purposeful yet brief. Just as life would have it.
The Auction – “For Mothers of wombs that drum life and dance the promise of tomorrow, I pour this libation. For the victories of liberation and paths of freedom you laid before me, I walk today for you.” As a child, one of Angel’s childhood stories told by her grandmother was that of Hathor and Tehuti. An ancient Egyptian story told about the Goddess of beauty and the messenger of wisdom. It has been whispered that the legendary Odu family in Mississippi carries the spirit of these deities, Angel and her brother Country. She is here to persuade her brother to come home to his god-like self and maintain the balance in the world.
Return to Ruins – A prose piece in reference to the slave plantation called, The Windsor Ruins.
Summer Love – A steamy love story about a young woman working as an intern in Yazoo City, Mississippi. She falls hard for a local radio DJ who spins more for her than the hottest tunes.
A Prose for Medgar and Myrlie – “Her bladder was full of miles like her mother’s. She watered the ground with chocolate auburn. The spices enticed the clouds to cry and capture the streets. She met him where the sun sat in the fire pit. Her kissed her hand to summons a feather so she wouldn’t doubt his words. His eyes were complete like the turn of an owl’s head. Her fears poured from her spine like pureed apples. The preacher announced their commitment where roads met corners with mirrors. He hung their picture in a birdcage to catch time. He told them not to be afraid.”
The Grass is Simply Green – Nia and LaDonna are best friends who have ventured lessons in life together. Now, together they face reproductive injustice as one yearns to start a family. Together they stand as long as one of them holds a secret from the other.
A Prose for Fannie Lou Hamer – “If you see her. Tell her you remember. Her protected skin that matched night. Unafraid. Sleep patterned to that of bats. Called upon. Like Nut and Shu. To uphold the heavens. Keep young mouths breathing. When tempted to swallow swollen faith. She followed the dust and escaped through vents.”
Southern Betrayal – The story of a woman scorned by love. She travels to a voodoo/root shop to see if the potions really work as she seeks revenge on her ex-love.
When Chris Met Katrina – Hurricane Katrina devastated Louisiana and parts of Mississippi. Like thousands of people who stayed to “wait this one out”, Chris does not evacuate his childhood home. The storm passed as he suspected but the waters began to rise from the storm drains and flood the streets. This is the day Chris met Katrina.
I suppose authors do something special when their books have anniversaries and what not :- / so I am offering autographed books with FREE shipping of “Mississippi Window Cracks”. I only have a few sitting around my house. I hope you enjoy it!