This is not for promotion. This is gathering for the archive.
xtian w. one day told me about the bower bird, who in courtship gathers things to make a structure, bric-a-brac, 7aratee2, random pieces of the world gathered beautifully in each other’s company. This bower bird has been my phone background ever since. Being in community feels like this sometimes.
I exist in a constellation of communities. Here are stars. I don’t have a fancy website. So imagine all these floating and roving around each other among other stars and being so bright.
This is also a reading list.
Customs – Solmaz Sharif (forthcoming 2022) (poetry book)
New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Saba) (chapbook set) Featuring Revolution of The Scavengers by Henneh Kyereh Kwaku and Measurement of Holy by Nadra Mabrouk. This is my second time around buying this chapbook set and one day I wish I can be a more equipped spendthrift or resource-sharer so I can get all the other ones I missed.
Bint by Ghinwa Jawhari (chapbook)
anything by Sasha Debevic-McKenney, this poem with illustration by Peach Kander: AND WHO WOULD YOU PREFER TOLD THE STORY?
Pool House by Melissa Lozada Oliva (audio short story)
Maaza Mengiste – The Shadow King (novel)
Harvard Book Store Archive (archive) waiting for a few to come up here, including the one with Hanif Aburraqib and An Duplan
Woodberry Poetry Room (archive) Literally everything here
Spoiler by Hala Alyan (poem)
WHO REAL؟ by Marwa Helal (poem)
Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture by Anaïs Duplan (essay collection)
The Wild Fox of Yemen by Threa Almontaser (poetry collection) (for this one, I am giddy in anticipation. Selected by Harryette Mullen herself)