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the ways of the many

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you rise a witch bleeding gently in morning fanning flies from fruit you slice an avocado open and spoon the pit out sprinkle sea salt and cayenne pepper put a pot to boil on the stove stuff sage and rosebud in a strainer your hair is messy, eye boogers in the corners you smell like a sleeping beauty who sweat her kinks out in the…

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the ghosts of women once girls

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somewhere a little girl is reading aloud in the middle of a dirt road. she smiles at the sound of her own voice escaping the spine of a book. she feeds on her hunger to know herself. she has not yet been taught to dim, she sits with the stars beneath her feet, a constellation of things to come. as if a swallowed moon, she…

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The Coloring of Aja Monet on Essence.com

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What is freedom? It’s the power to speak and act without restraint. It’s the small act of resistance. And for poet Aja Monet, it’s the shared experience of power between Black women that speaks to our resilience and triumph, no matter our situation in life. Here, Aja takes us on a journey of a time she felt that empowerment and liberation, a time where fellowship…

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When We Are Bold: Women Who Turn Our Upsidedown World Right

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  Nobel Women’s Initiative is celebrating a decade of supporting the women’s peace movement and amplifying women’s voices for peace, justice and equality! In September 2016 a book launch was held in Ottawa to commemorate 10 years of women-led action for peace. When We Are Bold: Women Who Turn Our Upsidedown World Right at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on September 27. When We Are Bold is…

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Aja Monet featured in Carrie Mae Weems’ “Grace Notes: Reflections for Now”

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  Carrie Mae Weems (Artist), Aja Monet (Poet) (photo: William Struhs)   “I’m deeply aware of the stress that’s put on our community, the stress that’s put on black women, the stress that’s put on black men. It’s not a play, it’s really this battle.” — Carrie Mae Weems Today’s ART21 Exclusive features Carrie Mae Weems staging Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, a performance that examines…

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