love and death : rebirth in grief

Today makes the second year anniversary of my father losing his battle to prostate cancer. In the two years he has been gone, I have been in a theoretical cocoon - a really deep depression marked by an aching quest to find myself again. Losing a parent is the most difficult thing I have ever …

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love poems: gold dust

my body is Africa men want to discover their roots through my waters so they tell me, 'girl, i'll make you weep for me.' 'girl, i'll make you wet for me.' they want to colonize my body but my flesh is my own my soul belongs to me my mouth is full of diamonds use …

Love Poems: Mango

i wrote this while i ate a mango with my right hand i licked the juices that ran down my arm my mouth was full of yellow fruit and i imagined this is how your skin would taste if i brushed my lips against it how sweet it is i bite deeper into the flesh, peel …

Love Poems: For Akuvi

my mother my sweet, warm mother. her dark skin glows with years of wisdom and sorrow my sweet, foreign mother Monrovia's girl my strong mother thick bodied but gentle long fingers crooked and softly withered by labor and time i want to weep while i lay in her lap we will not always have these …

Love Poems: Vanity

you once said something about being a reflection of me if that is the case then you've shown me i am beautiful black and proud in you i see how lonely and sad and selfish i am how strong and full of hope i am how small i feel how i carry my wounds like crosses to Calvary …

Amaris Diaz

    I was lucky to catch poet Amaris Diaz, as she was in Baton Rouge for a reading. Of course I had to speak with her about love! Read our conversation below and check out some of her work here.  Name: Amaris Diaz Hometown: San Antonio, Texas Age: 20 Age You First Fell in Love: …