a list of demands

I’ve only dreamt thus far— Of the step beyond this, the limit of my understanding. of the taste of touch, of the scent of tenderness that punctuates timeless moments of embrace. I want to wake up. To finally feel it. All of it. From fleeting nudges to whispers below the ear to the seamless caress. …

Steppingstones

This paper, "Steppingstones:  A Demonstration of Black Feminist, Literary Work on the Path to Public Scholarship," is an active work-in-progress. It was originally written in December 2020, with the goal of being presented at this conference, Disruptions and Eruptions (26-27 February 2021) and also as a final paper for a Black feminist and womanist theory …

irréductibilité

When things get difficult, I find myself wishing I could skip to the end. Not so far forward that I will have accomplished everything, because there would be no satisfaction in that. I want to fast-forward just enough, to the moment where I’ve broken the threshold of the last page, to where I have just …

Photo of the Year

“She emerges three-dimensional from the flat, plaster setting as though breaking through water—though whether she is coming up or going under is unclear. Her position is contrapposto, arms raised as though awaiting the click of my camera. The energy of her nude body is wound tight and ready for release. Her next move is a …

[réfléchi]

when I’ll meet Me. if we have already met but are not on speaking terms. * what my mother’s mother looked like. what my father’s father smelled like. which part of this body that I critique so much is actually an heirloom. * if pain will always be a prerequisite to happiness, for Bodies like …