Learn It and Weep

trk. 2

broken bond when one
lies of little things they lie
about everything !

— Day Sibley

Twitter

If you are friends with a person

who is racist, sexist, an abuser, etc

and you don’t act because that’s ya friend.

You are violent.

— @poetnoire, #cupsi17

The camera makes everyone a tourist in

other people’s reality, and eventually in one’s own.

— Susan Sontag

 

They’ll never know

what they missed if they

have a place to come back to.

― Day Sibley

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.

― Jean Cocteau

I think the poet is the last person who is still speaking the truth when no one else dares to. I think the poet is the first person to begin the shaping and visioning of the new forms and the new consciousness when no one else has begun to sense it; I think these are two of the most essential human functions.

― Diane di Prima

The academia shouldn’t be the only

validation on what is or isn’t considered art!

― To’ Wednesday Sibley

July 13, 2016

Stop letting people disrespect you just because you’re attracted to them.

― Lora Mathis

Breathe

Friends and Poets and Performers

I just want to be clear on something, when we walk up to the mic and take that breath, we are not being dramatic or cliché.

We are saying we care.

We are attempting to live in that moment and re-engage with the piece, convince ourselves we made the right choice, that this is the one they have to hear from me, this is what I must share.

We take that breath because we don’t want to fuck up our good, good work and embarrass ourselves/poetry parents/ that good art we been craftin’. We are saying our work deserves a breath.

When I breathe before I begin my poem, I am really saying “don’t fuck it up” and “you bet not fart during this poem.”

― AKeemjamal Rollins, author of Suicide Note